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Official Review by Andrei Ojeda, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
When it comes to college baseball prestige the California State University Fullerton squad seems to always be at the forefront of discussions. While the USC Trojans are college baseball’s all-time leaders in National Titles, the Titans continue to compete for that coveted prize year in and year out. To date, Cal State Fullerton Baseball boasts four National Championships, along with 16 appearances to the College World Series.
Goodwin Field, formerly known as Titan Field, is now the third home field of baseball program and continues to evolve into one of premier parks in all of college baseball. The stadium opened in 1992 and was renamed in 2000 after Jerry and Merilyn Goodwin made a sizable donation to help fund many of the renovations to the stadium.
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A single permanent stand that also flows into the school's soccer stadium offers many of the ballpark staples, including beef hot dogs ($4), nachos with cheese ($3.75), soft pretzel ($2.50, add $0.50 for cheese), churros ($2.75), peanuts ($2.25), cheeseburger ($4.50), and a variety of smaller snacks.
Pepsi product fountain drinks from 24 to 44 ounces are also reasonably priced ($2.50-4.50)
The food truck featured during this particular game was Barcelona on the Go. For a food truck, the prices for their offerings are also very reasonable. Some of their offerings are the Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Quesadilla ($7.50), Pulled Pork Quesadilla ($8.50) and the Barcelona Paella Bowl ($8.50).
Some of the sweet treats offered are ice cream bars and sandwiches ($3), deep fried oreos and funnel cakes ($5), kettle corn ($3, $5 and $8) and strawberry banana, pina colada and mango orange smoothies ($5 for a small, $8 for a regular and $10 for a tiki, $6 for a tiki refill).
What may go unnoticed is the price of the basic concessions compared to a previous visit actually decreased. It may not mean much to some, but when the cost of stadium food is always on the rise, it's always good to know when venues, especially one of CSUF's notoriety, looks after their fans by doing their best to make the stadium dining experience one that won't put too much of a hole in their pockets.
The moment you walk inside Goodwin Field you get a sense of a deep baseball tradition. Upon entry, fans are greeted along the concourse by The Titans Wall of Honor, featuring names and jersey numbers of past Fullerton greats, including Phil Nevin, Justin Turner, Kurt Suzuki, Tim Wallach and legendary manager Augie Garrido, responsible for 3 of Fullerton's 4 national titles.
Along the first base dugout is the Pierre Nicolas Wall of Champions that pays tributes to Fullerton's 4 National Championship teams as well as their past Golden Spikes Award winners. Also along the first base concourse you also get a full glimpse of the Anderson Family Field, home to the lady softball sluggers. No matter where you are in the yard, you feel a strong baseball vibe all the way to the accolades that adorn the walls of the concourses as well as the outfield fences.
The neighborhood around the Cal State Fullerton campus offers a decent amount of off-campus dining, including your standard chains Five Guys Burgers and Panera Bread.
Pepe's Mexican is a favorite among students for it's huge portions and reasonable prices.
Oggi's, a brewhouse that not only specializes in pizza but has a full dining area with multiple screens to view other sporting action, has several chains in Orange and San Diego counties, including Fullerton.
If you have time to kill before a game, the Fullerton Arboretum, located on campus behind the right field fence, provides a nice nature like setting with trees and plants from around the world inside a 25 acre botanical garden.
You will also be glad to know that the House of Mouse is just a short 15-20 minute drive from campus should you and your fellow travelers decide on paying that most famous mouse a visit. Should you happen to do your lodging in Orange County, plenty of options, though some on the pricey side are available surrounding the area around Disneyland and are a short drive from not only the CSUF campus but also Angel Stadium and the Honda Center.
It is difficult to question the commitment of the Fullerton fans as they typically rank in the top 30 of college baseball attendance. Regardless of the opponent or day of the week, the larger capacity venue is often filled.
With 4 National Championships, 17 College World Series appearances and frequent NCAA Tournament appearances since 1975, it's no surprise that fans regularly fill the stands. The loyalty of Titan baseball runs true and deep among the Blue and Orange clad fans.
If you get a chance, stop by Section A in the General Admission seats along the right field side. Out there is what fan's simply refer to him as The Superfan, a bearded fan with a Viking like voice that fans can hear throughout the yard who's at most if not all the games. Stop by and say hi, chances are he'll not only take a picture with you but he may ask you to help him lead some cheers.
Titan Field is relatively simple to access via the 5, 57, and 91 freeways. In fact, the stadium is only 7 miles from both Angel Stadium and the Honda Center. Depending on when you go, you may even be able to make a baseball or hockey/baseball doubleheader out of your stay on The OC.
Though parking is plentiful, you will want to give yourself ample time to arrive as the lots fill up quickly. Once inside, the concourse above the stands is very pedestrian friendly. The concourse flowing into the soccer stadium where the concession stand serves both venues helps immensely as fans are able to stroll the area there as well. The concourse area that flows into the soccer stadium is where fans can purchase their sweet treats as their stands are set up there as well.
Tickets for most games are $18 for box seats, $11 for reserved, $10 adult general admission. Senior general admission is $8, while youth general admission for those in 8th grade and younger is $6.
With a high caliber program and fans regularly filling the stands, Cal State Fullerton is one of the few schools that take advantage of the premium game pricing. The good news is it's only a $2 price increase.
For games against Stanford, USC, UCLA and 3 game series against UC Irvine, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara, box seats go for $13, reserved for $13. Adult general admission go for $12, senior GA $10, youth 8th grade and younger $8.
With Fullerton baseball, there are not many down seasons; in fact, there is seldom a losing streak. Rarely do winning traditions equate fans turning away from the value proposition and consequently the stands are often full.
After picking up a ticket to the game at the box office, fans will walk up a palm tree lined walkway, definitely providing a Southern California feel to the venue. At the top of the walkway, fans can look out onto the field and take note of some of the unique items the field offers.
As you walk toward the press box along the concourse, on the 3rd base side is a tall standup board that displays the starting lineups of both teams. Above the starting lineups on the wall is a display featuring Titan All-Americans, National Players of the Year, and other player accolades as well as honoring their 4 National Champion teams from 1979, 1984, 1995 and 2004. With a title from each decade since 1975 and Fullerton being a regular in the NCAA tournament, it's only natural to think CSUF is due for another one before this decade ends.
Along the 1st base concourse, as mentioned earlier, is the Pierre Nicolas Wall of Champions.
As you look out to the center field scoreboard, you will see flags of every team in the Big West conference, presumably in the order of that day's standings. Along the outfield walls, fans will notice these items:
--Circles with the year of National Championship teams in them on the left field wall.
--Close to the right field foul pole, the initials "MC" are listed. This is homage to Mike Campbell, a long time equipment manager who passed in 2011 after a long bout with cancer. A former Cal State Fullerton golfer, he was a staple of the Fullerton baseball program for many years, appearing at many games despite living in Santa Cruz.
--Lastly, in right-centerfield is a message that reads "The Saarloos Family says Good Luck Titans; only 1,544 miles to Omaha." This is an obvious nod to past championships and the pursuit of the next with the College World Series taking place in Omaha, NE.
Despite playing in the backyard of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Titans remain one of the hotter tickets in Orange County. With four national championships and a team that is almost always certain to make a postseason run, it's easy to see why fans here consistently fill up the yard. Of all the college yards I've had the chance to visit in Southern California, Goodwin Field, with their loyal fans and fan friendly amenities abound, may arguably be the best.
Member Review by DrewCieszynski on Apr 06, 2012
When it comes to college baseball prestige the California State University Fullerton squad seems to always be at the forefront of discussions. While the USC Trojans have won a lot in the past, the Titans continue to be there year after year.
To date, the team has never had a losing season. Never. While they are most known for their four National Championships, one cannot forget 16 CWS appearances, and 25 NCAA tournament appearances to date.
Goodwin Field, formerly known as Titan Field, is now the third home field of baseball program and continues to evolve into one of the best parks in all of college baseball. The stadium opened in 1992 and was renamed in 2000 after Jerry and Merilyn Goodwin made a sizable donation to help fund many of the renovations to the stadium.
Member Review by sportsroadtrips on Feb 24, 2013
Opened in 1992 as Titan Field, Goodwin Field is still going strong 21 years later. In that time, the Titans have amassed an amazing home advantage, winning over 75% of their contests played here. They also have won two national championships during those two decades, adding to the two they had won previously, making them a well-known program in college baseball whereas they have no presence in basketball or football.
The ballpark is located on the north side of the campus, just off Yorba Linda Boulevard. Parking costs $8 for any long-term lot (i.e. greater than 2 hours) within the campus confines but is not enforced on Friday evenings or weekends, which is when most games are held so this shouldn't be a problem. Lot G is the closest to the stadium.
Tickets vary from $15 for the good box seats down to $8 for general admission. There are ushers but they didn't seem to check for tickets, so if you are there for a less popular game, you can just buy the cheapies and sit where you want. Be aware though that this team does draw well for certain rivalries, but it doesn't matter, there is not a bad seat in the place. There is a screen that covers most of the seating area but section D has a clear view as do the unreserved sections.
The ballpark is park of a larger sports complex and the softball field shares the concourse above first base. I doubt they play games at the same time, but I did see the softball team practicing which was quite interesting.
The Titans do a great job of commemorating their storied past. There is a list of every All-American as well as other national awards that takes up a whole side wall of the press box, and on the other side you will see the Wall of Champions which includes the rosters of all four national champs as well as individual plaques for those stars who played here, including Tim Wallach and Mark Kotsay.
Above each section are small banners that list star players who have used those particular numbers, another nice touch.
There is a VIP room as well that is heated but didn't seem to be used by too many fans.
Above the batters eye are pennants for each team in the Big West conference, another feature I haven't seen before at this level.
There are lots of concession choices here, including several trucks which offer options that are not usually available at college ballparks. Prices were not cheap though, with pizza slices going for $5. Kettle corn seemed to be a fan favourite with snack bags just $3 and certainly providing far more than a snack.
Unlike other NCAA ballparks, Goodwin Field has local advertising above the fences, perhaps because it was also used by an independent league team, the Fullerton Flyers. They were a charter member of the now-defunct Golden Baseball League that were managed for a season by the late Gary Carter, and they may be back in another league in 2013.
Overall, Goodwin Field is a great college ballpark, and is definitely worth checking out if you are in LA, as it is less than 30 miles from downtown and will provide you with a chance to appreciate a baseball program that has succeeded over the years and is still relatively unknown outside college baseball circles.
2595 E Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831
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