Matador Field (Baseball)
Matador Field, located on Lindley Avenue between Halsted and Lassen Streets, is the site for all Cal State Northridge baseball home games. With a current capacity of more than 1,000 fans, and dimensions of 325 feet down the left and right field lines, 375 feet to the power alleys and 400 feet to straightaway center field, Matador Field has been a staple of the campus since the first game played in 1961. On March 4, 1961, the Matadors suffered a 10-8 setback to Claremont-Mudd, and had to wait until March 25 to claim their first victory on home soil with a 9-3 triumph in the second game of a doubleheader against Long Beach State.
Thirty-one years later, the Matadors celebrated their 500th win at Matador Field, defeating Southern Utah, 30-1, on April 18, 1992. Almost five years later to the day on April 22, 1997, Northridge outslugged Southern California, 18-17, to achieve win No. 600, with victory #700 at Matador Field taking place five years later on May 14, 2002 in a Northridge 9-6 triumph over Loyola Marymount. On April 11, 2010, the Matadors captured their 800th win over a 3-2 verdict over Cal State Bakersfield.
Since its introduction in 1961, Matador Field has undergone many improvements in an effort to provide as comfortable an experience as possible for fans, coaches, and players alike. Renovations to the field began in 1975 and in three years, the facility had a redesigned infield, an electronic scoreboard donated by Sam Leeper and Fred Yates, a batting cage (the first covered batting cage on any college campus on the West Coast at the time), a protective chain link fence around the field, a snack bar, concrete walkways and bleachers with a press box.
In 1981, a clubhouse equipped with lockers for the players and coaches was built and attached to the Matadors' dugout. In 1993, the university decided to renovate the infield at Matador Field at a cost of $26,000. The project was completed by Mike Wilson Landscape Services in Yorba Linda and included an excavation of the existing turf, installation of sod in the infield area and along the perimeter of the baselines, grading and leveling of the infield itself, with a timed irrigation system also installed.
The new infield surface features Bermuda natural grass, with a dirt warning track encircling the outfield. The dirt portion of the infield is a Dodger Mix that is a mixture of crushed brick and clay.
In 1996, Cal State Northridge unveiled a state-of the art scoreboard, complete with animated graphics in addition to inning-by-inning totals, located just beyond the wall in right field. The home and visitor dugouts were renovated and the Matador clubhouse and coaches offices were completely redesigned in the fall of 2002.
In 2005, the seating section was completely redone to include permanent chair-back bleachers and bench- style seating and an enclosed, two-room press box, and in 2008 a brand new backstop was installed to improve the spectator's view of the game and enhance their game-day experience.
Telephone lines for working media and visiting staff members are available in addition to wireless internet access at the press box during all games. The Matador Field press box telephone number is (818) 677-4293.
Ample parking is available for all baseball fans interested in attending a game at Matador Field. Parking passes can be purchased for $6 at any booth or self-serve kiosk. Spectators can park along Lindley Avenue next to the field or in Lot E6.