Memorial Stadium was completed in 1955 before the remainder of the campus opened for students in 1956 when Bakersfield College would move from its original location at Bakersfield High School where it was founded in 1913, to the new campus in Northeast Bakersfield. Memorial Stadium has gone on to play host to a number of Bakersfield’s most time-honored traditions and events including the Shriner’s Potato Bowl and the Red, White, and Boom fireworks display, not to mention being featured as one of few locations for a McDonald’s commercial promoting the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. It was also the stadium where the Cowboys and the 49ers met to play an NFL charity game called The Children’s Bowl in 1963. Perhaps more importantly, it’s also been the place where young athletes’ dreams have come true. It’s a place where rivalries are both created and put aside for the love of the game.
The stadium structure was retrofitted and overhauled in the early 1990s. All seats are reserved and are either aluminum benches with backs, or bucket style seats with arm rests. The lower half of the stadium, which was built into a pre-existing ravine, is enclosed with a horseshoe-shaped open end that faces to the southwest and offers views of downtown Bakersfield and the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley.
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