October 26, 1998 Vol. III, No. 5

Advisory Committee Narrowing Football Stadium Options

Group Adds North Campus to its Prospects; Report Due by Dec. 1

A committee asked to recommend locations for a future Cal State Northridge football stadium is nearing the end of its review, after having added possible North Campus sites to its prior discussion about both main and off-campus options.

The university's 12-member Athletic Facilities Siting Advisory Committee, during its Oct. 14 meeting, voted to expand its deliberations to consider possible North Campus sites. The committee is slated to look at those options in more detail during its next session, but that has yet to be scheduled.

Although the northern 28-acres of the 65-acre North Campus are already committed to a biotechnology park to be built by a private developer, the southern portion of the property could house a stadium along with entertainment industry uses the university also has been considering.

In a related development, the board of the university's Alumni Association last week unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the building of an on-campus football field. Alumni Relations Director Gray Mounger said the alumni board plans to convey that position at the next advisory committee meeting.

"We wanted it to be clear that this is the official position of the organization that represents about 130,000 alums," Mounger said. He noted that any football facility built by the university would attract far fewer fans for weekend games than the students and others already on the campus each weekday.

Previously, advisory committee members had voiced preferences for one main campus stadium option, where the former Parking Structure C was located along Zelzah Avenue, and one off-campus site, Pierce College in Woodland Hills. But the group still must ultimately vote on its final recommendations.

The advisory panel includes six community representatives (including two from local homeowner organizations), five university representatives and one Associated Students appointee. The group is due to submit a written report to CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson by Dec. 1.

Committee chair David Honda, who represents the university's North Campus-University Park Development Corp. on the panel, said the advisory group has considered various siting options, including another main campus location at the northeast corner of Lindley Avenue and Plummer Street.

Among other off-campus options, the committee has looked at Valley College in Van Nuys, College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, and Birmingham and Granada Hills high schools in the San Fernando Valley. Off-site options envision some type of shared use agreement with those schools.

Homeowner representatives on the advisory committee have increasingly pushed for an off-campus site, saying that would minimize noise, traffic and other impacts on people who live around the campus. But CSUN Athletic Director Paul Bubb has publicly endorsed an on-campus solution.

The university promised to upgrade its football facility as part of its entry into the Big Sky Conference, and needs to show progress toward that objective to become a full-fledged conference member in mid-1999. The conference's commissioner also has backed an on-campus solution.

Campus officials have discussed plans for a 10,000 to 15,000-seat football facility that could need between five and seven acres of land. Campus officials have yet to detail a funding plan for the stadium, but building a such facility could cost more than $10 million.

-John Chandler

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October 26, 1998

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