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Official Review by Drew Cieszynski, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
California’s Inland Empire is a great market for minor league baseball. In less than 90 minutes, fans can stop by the stadiums of four different minor league franchises. Perhaps the most storied of all of these franchises, calls the city of Rancho Cucamonga its home.
The franchise is well known by stadium travelers due to its unforgettable city name, regionally-appropriate nickname, comfortable venue, and reputation for a great fan experience.
For most of its existence, the stadium was known as the Epicenter. This was of course, a very appropriate name considering the city’s proximity to an earthquake fault line.
The stadium was opened in 1992 at a cost of around $20 million and has enjoyed a prosperous run ever since. Since its debut, the venue has snagged the record for single season attendance among the California League, has been purchased by an investment group that includes former Royal-great George Brett, and has had a renovation in 2008. In 2013, the Epicenter became known as LoanMart Field after the franchise signed a ten-year naming rights agreement.
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LoanMart Field offers a great variety at very reasonable prices. One could argue that the selection at the stadium competes with many of the offerings in MLB venues.
On the right field side is a stand that offers a Cantina theme. Here fans can get tacos (three), a taco salad, tortas, super nachos, burritos, and the Sonoran Dog (bacon wrapped with pico, guacamole, sour cream, diced onion, & cilantro) all for under $7 each.
Moving through the concourse, fans will find some individual stands of Dippin' Dots ($4.75-$6), snow cones ($3.50), cotton candy ($4), kettlecorn ($6.50), and popcorn ($3.70-$4.70). The popcorn stand can be especially enjoyed as it had ranch, peppercorn, and white cheddar seasoning salt.
Embedded in the grandstand is Tremor's Wheelhouse. With more traditional foods, fans can get pizza ($4.25), pretzels with cheese ($3.75), churros ($4), nachos ($4.50), peanuts ($4), cracker jacks ($3.75), candy ($3.75), hot dogs ($4.50 or $5.50 for all-beef or chili cheese), tri-tip sandwich ($6.75), a Masterlink sausage ($6.75), or pulled pork sandwich ($6.75). On the healthier side is the grilled chicken salad or veggie wrap option for $6.75.
The drink selection includes Pepsi products ($2.50 small, $4 medium & $4.50 large), bottled water ($3.50), Gatorade ($4), coffee/hot chocolate ($3), and Monster Energy ($5).
The beer selection is above average as well. Domestics are at $6.50 with Budweiser and Michelob offerings. Premium beers (Hangar 24, Shocktop, Stella, and Bootleggers) are only a dollar more at $7.50. Wine is $6 and margaritas are $7.50.
For dessert, there is a stand known as the Sweet Spot. Here fans can get waffle cones ($4.75), hot fudge sundaes ($5.75), root beer floats ($4.75), ice cream cookie sandwiches ($4), and probably the most enticing dessert - the funnel fries ($5.50).
Finally, the food options conclude at the left field side, where fans can get an all-beef foot long hot dog ($4.50), bratwurst ($6), or any one of their sandwiches for $6.75 (cheeseburger, pit boss burger, beer cheese & bacon burger, or jalapeno popper burger). Even more options here include a pepper jack ranch chicken sandwich ($6.75), turkey burger ($6.75), chicken tenders, wings ($6.75), and french fries ($3.75 or $4.75 if adding parmesan garlic or chili cheese).
The Quakes are atop the California League in attendance year after year for the fun-filled experience that they provide for all fans.
The Epicenter is a truly beautiful venue, where the sun is likely always shining, and tree-lined outfield fence is only overshadowed by the towering San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.
The team's mascot, Tremor, is billed as a "Rallysaurus," and is constantly encouraging fan interaction.
The neighborhood is located where the Mohave Trail, Old Spanish Trail, Santa Fe Trail, El Camino Real, and the former Route 66 all meet. Fans will notice many of the old Route 66 markers throughout the streets on the way to the stadium. The stadium is located in the Rancho Cucamonga Adult Sport Park, surrounded by three softball fields and two soccer fields. Just a few minutes away is most of your common fast food eateries, such as Chick-fil-A, Wahoo's Fish Tacos, Popeyes, and Buffalo Wild Wings.
Several other sit-down options include the Island's Restaurant, Zendejas Mexican Grill, Wabi Sabi, Pho Noodle and Grill, and Woody's Bar-B-Que.
During the history of the franchise, the team has at one point or another been affiliated with each of the three Southern California MLB teams (Padres, Angels, and Dodgers). During each of these affiliations, fans may have encountered a Quakes experience and the positive word-of-mouth has quickly grown the fan base.
The Rancho Cucamonga fans are passionate. The team has frequently led the California League in attendance during its existence. It's easy to spot the fans that have been following the team since the early days, as some of them were sporting old team logos or colors.
The stadium shares land with an adult sports park, so many teams from recreational leagues stop by the stadium after games.
Rancho Cucamonga is just under an hour away from Los Angeles. The stadium is located just a few minutes off of both the 15 & 10 freeways, so residents from all over can access it rather easily. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of stoplights around the park, so be prepared to stop frequently after exiting the freeway.
Each side of the venue has a restroom for each gender. The restrooms have multiple stations and certainly seem adequate for a venue of such size.
Parking is plentiful for $4 a spot.
Fans can get a stamp for re-entry if they need to leave the stadium for any reason.
When visiting LoanMart Field, fans will pay $4 for parking and have a variety of ticket prices to choose from. The least expensive tickets are $9 and the Field Box is $11. The Super Box, hugging the first few rows from first through third base will cost $13.
The Quakes really make affordable for all fans to shake, rattle, and roll at the Epicenter with several fun promotions to reduce your ticket expense.
The tree-lined outfield wall and San Gabriel Mountains in the distance provide a truly perfect baseball setting. For the best vantage point, try and grab the higher seats between first base and home plate.
LoanMart Field is located in the Rancho Cucamonga Adult Sports Park and is surrounded by recreational baseball/softball diamonds. If any of the fields are empty, visiting fans can easily find some space to play a game or simply toss a baseball back and forth.
Rarely do teams embrace their nickname or does that nickname have any relevance to the region that they play in. Prior to the name change, the Quakes' venue was known as the Epicenter, which was perfect due to the region's notoriety of having earthquakes. As you walk through the stadium, the nickname is constantly reinforced. Their mascots are named Tremor and Aftershock and wear jerseys 4.8 and 2.4 respectively. The tables on the right side of the stadium are referred to as "The Fault Zone." If you do a Google search for the team name, you'll literally get up to the minute information on the earthquakes that have recently struck there and the magnitude of each.
Walking the concourse, fans will find several banners commemorating notable players of the Quake's past. The banners provide the stats of the player while they played in Rancho Cucamonga as well as a photo and some personal information.
Also in the concourse, fans will find the day's starting lineups and current California League standings. Down the third base side is the "Quakes Hall of Fame," complete with plaques commemorating the franchise's most important players.
Lastly, just in front of the pressbox, fans can spot the retired numbers of the franchise. The three numbers include LaChappa (20), Robinson (42), and the Fans (26).
The Quakes continue to be a leader in the California League circuit. Their stadium is perfect because it's in a highly populated area, yet manages to provide a feeling of serenity in the ballpark.
It doesn't take a Stadium Journey review to know that the Quakes are one of the most reputable names in minor league baseball. Fans have to applaud this organization for staying true to who they are. Despite being so successful over the years, the organization clearly has not taken their eye off the ball.
Member Review by DrewCieszynski
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have been affiliated with several MLB teams: Padres, Angels, and now the Dodgers. When they were affiliated with the Angels, Stadium Journey discovered a new species of dinosaur, finding the rumored "Rallysauras" in Rancho Cucamonga. The Angels organization created all sorts of Rally-inspired creatures to generate excitement at their games. In 2011, the team changed their affiliation to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Few would argue that there is a more unforgettable city name in all of baseball than Rancho Cucamonga. If you haven't already heard of the place, you may remember it as the setting of Ice Cube's movie "Next Friday" or when Michael Scott mentioned it as "the next stop" on his pretend train during an episode of "The Office."
The stadium known as the Epicenter is located off of Rochester Avenue in the Rancho Cucamonga's "Adult Sports Park." Now before you expect nudity, alcohol and fair game on the profanities at an "adult" place, keep in mind that this is a reference to the adult leagues on the three softball fields and two soccer fields in the park.
The stadium was opened in 1992 at a cost of around $20 million and has enjoyed a prosperous run ever since. Since its debut, the venue has snagged the record for single season attendance among the California League, has been purchased by an investment group that includes former Royal-great George Brett, and has had a renovation in 2008.
Member Review by juliankingston2 on Jan 24, 2012
Great Place! I liked the sight lines, and the fans were great. The players were easily accessible for my kids to get autographs, which was a plus. The food wasn't great, but overall a good experience.
Member Review by Steel Collins on Jan 04, 2014
The ballpark is well located, but it is starting to show its age. It does not look as though much new has been added since it opened nearly 20 years ago. There is nothing wrong with it, but nothing iconic or noteworthy either. Slightly above average, but nothing special.
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
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