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Ratcliffe Stadium

Ratcliffe Stadium is a collegiate athletic venue in the western United States, located on the campus of Fresno City College in Fresno, California.

Ratcliffe Stadium
Former names Fresno State College Stadium
Location 1101 E. University Ave
Fresno, California
Coordinates 36°46′05″N 119°47′20″W / 36.768°N 119.789°W / 36.768; -119.789Coordinates: 36°46′05″N 119°47′20″W / 36.768°N 119.789°W / 36.768; -119.789
Owner Fresno City College
Operator Fresno City College
Capacity 13,000
Surface Field: natural grass
Track: polyurethane
Opened October 9, 1926
92 years ago
Renovated 1976, 1986, 2009
Expanded 1942
Fresno City College Rams

Opened 92 years ago in 1926, it was renamed in 1941 after their first football coach, Emory Ratcliffe. The stadium hosted the Raisin Bowl (1946–1949) and was home to the Fresno State Bulldogs football team through 1979; they moved to their on-campus Bulldog Stadium in 1980.

Ratcliffe also hosted the West Coast Relays, a major track and field competition. Today, local high school football games and various track and field events are still held there. The stadium has a seating capacity of 13,000, and it is located at 1101 E. University Avenue, along Blackstone Avenue.

The football field has a conventional north-south alignment, at an elevation of 300 feet (90 m) above sea level.

Historical eventsEdit

On June 2, 1964, Fresno Mayor Wallace D. Henderson marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and 1,000 persons from Fresno High School march Ratcliffe Stadium, where about 3,000 persons attended a rally that he spoke at regarding fair housing, desegregation and the Rumford Housing Act and in protest of California Proposition 14 (1964). It was organized as the Witness of Faith for Freedom Rally.

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