Evans Diamond

Evans Diamond at Stu Gordon Stadium[1] is a college baseball park on the west coast of the United States, located on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley, California.

Evans Diamond
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Evans Diamond Panorama in 2011
Berkeley is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Berkeley is located in California
Location in California
Full nameEvans Diamond
at Stu Gordon Stadium
Former namesEdwards Field
LocationUniversity of California
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Coordinates37°52′10″N 122°15′48″W / 37.86944°N 122.26333°W / 37.86944; -122.26333Coordinates: 37°52′10″N 122°15′48″W / 37.86944°N 122.26333°W / 37.86944; -122.26333
Public transitBay Area Rapid Transit Downtown Berkeley
OwnerUniversity of California
OperatorUniversity of California
Field sizeCorners: 320 ft (98 m)
Alleys: 365 ft (111 m)
Center: 395 ft (120 m)
SurfaceNatural grass (1933–)
Dirt: cinder/clay
Opened1933; 90 years ago (1933)
California Golden Bears (NCAA) 1933–present

Opened 90 years ago in 1933, it is the home field of the California Golden Bears of the Pac-12 Conference, with a seating capacity of 2,500. Evans Diamond is located in the UC sports complex at the southwest corner of campus, pressed between George C. Edwards Stadium to the west (right field) and Haas Pavilion to the east.


Originally named Edwards Field, it was renamed after Clint Evans, the California head coach from 1930–54.

The stadium was renovated in 1992 at a cost of $275,000, paid for by the donations of UC alumni, with construction by RNT Landscaping of San Leandro.[2]

View from east in 2009

On March 13, 2022, the stadium was named after Stu Gordon, a California baseball alumnus who helped found the Bear Backers program and led the cause for the baseball team's reinstatement in 2011.[1]

The turf at Evans Diamond is natural grass, and the infield dirt is a combination of crushed cinder and the traditional clay.

The outfield wall is 320 feet (98 m) from home plate in the corners, 365 feet (111 m) in the power alleys, and 395 feet (120 m) in center field. In the right field corner are the batting cages and pitching machines, covered by a roof (but not enclosed); the bullpen is outside of the roof, closer to the warning track. In the left field corner is the other bullpen, without batting cages. Both bullpens are separated from the field of play by fences.

The Jackie Jensen press box lies directly behind home plate, above the last row of stands. Beyond the left field wall is Bancroft Way, the southern border of the UC campus. Beyond the right field wall is the concrete grandstand for the track stadium.

The baseball field has an unorthodox southwest alignment (home plate to center field), with the catcher, batter, and fans facing the mid-afternoon sun. (The optimal orientation of a baseball diamond is east-northeast.)[3] The approximate elevation of the field is 240 feet (75 m) above sea level.


Evans Diamond is in need of major renovations because the stadium is no longer considered up to the standards needed to host NCAA tournament games. This was a problem as recently as 2011, when the Golden Bears had to host their 2011 Super Regional vs. Dallas Baptist University at Stephen Schott Stadium in Santa Clara.

One of the Cal Baseball Foundation's primary goals is to see improvements at Evans Diamond, including the addition of field lights for night games.[4] In the near future, the facility will also have to be able to host large television crews to accommodate the Pac-12 Network. Before California baseball's alumni game on October 21, 2012, it was announced that Evans Diamond will receive lights and a new video and scoreboard by the first conference games in 2013.[5][6] For the first time in the venue's history, Evans Diamond will be able to host night games during the 2013 season. While the actual stadium has in the past been considered inadequate by NCAA standards, the baseball program does have relatively new locker rooms and training facilities inside neighboring Haas Pavilion.

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  1. ^ a b Cal Athletics (March 11, 2022). "Evans Diamond To Be Renamed For Stu Gordon". California Golden Bears Athletics. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  2. ^ "Evans Diamond". California Golden Bears. April 17, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  3. ^ MLB.com - playing field orientation
  4. ^ "Our Mission | Cal Baseball Foundation".
  5. ^ "GoldenBearReport - Bears to add video board, lights for 2013 season". 21 October 2012.
  6. ^ Aaron, Fitt (February 7, 2013). "Cal to Install Lights, New Scoreboard at Evans Diamond". BaseballAmerica.com. Archived from the original on February 27, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013.

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