Hornet Stadium (Sacramento)

Hornet Stadium
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View from northwest in 2017
Sacramento is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Sacramento is located in California
Location in California
Address6000 J Street
LocationSacramento, California, U.S.
Coordinates38°33′22″N 121°25′23″W / 38.556°N 121.423°W / 38.556; -121.423Coordinates: 38°33′22″N 121°25′23″W / 38.556°N 121.423°W / 38.556; -121.423
Public transitUniversity / 65th St Station
OwnerCalifornia State University, Sacramento
OperatorCalifornia State University, Sacramento
Record attendance23,073 (November 19, 2022 vs. UC Davis)
SurfaceFieldTurf (2010–present)
Natural grass (1969–2009)
OpenedSeptember 20, 1969;
53 years ago
Sacramento State Hornets (NCAA)
Sacramento Surge (WLAF) (1992)
Sacramento Gold Miners (CFL) (1993–1994)
Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL) (2010–2011)

Fred Anderson Field at Hornet Stadium is a 21,195-seat college football and track stadium in the western United States, on the campus of California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State).[1] it is the home field of the Sacramento State Hornets of the Big Sky Conference.

Opened 53 years ago on September 20, 1969, it has also been the home stadium of the Sacramento Surge of the WLAF,[2] the Sacramento Gold Miners of the Canadian Football League[3] and the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. It hosted the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field in 2000 and 2004.

Its alignment is nearly north-south, offset slightly northwest, and the street-level elevation is approximately 35 feet (11 m) above sea level. The field was natural grass for its first 41 seasons; FieldTurf was installed in 2010.

Stadium improvements


  • Temporary seating was installed at the end zones to increase capacity to 26,000 for the Sacramento Surge. These seats were removed in 1993 to accommodate for the larger CFL field.


  • Permanent chairbacks were installed in Section 213 at the 50–yard line.


  • The stadium underwent a $1 million improvement in preparation for the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials; An Olympic–sized track was installed surrounding the field as well as a practice track north of the stadium.[4]


  • New scoreboard installed.


  • New public entrances


  • Broad Fieldhouse opened, which included new offices, locker rooms, athletic training room, weight room and a VIP patio.


  • Natural grass was replaced by FieldTurf Duraspine Pro.
  • "The Well" opened next to the north end zone which provided paved areas for concessions.
  • A Jumbotron was added below the scoreboard for Sacramento Mountain Lions' games.

Notable events

  • On July 7, 1993, it was the site of the first regular season Canadian Football League (CFL) game ever played on American soil, where the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Gold Miners 38–36.
  • Fred Anderson Field hosted the first game between U.S. franchises in the CFL when the Las Vegas Posse defeated the Gold Miners 32–26.
  • The largest crowd ever to witness an event at Fred Anderson Field was when the Sacramento Surge defeated the Barcelona Dragons in the World League playoffs on May 30, 1992 in front of 26,445 fans.
  • The then-largest Sacramento State crowd came on September 18, 1999, as the Hornets defeated arch–rival UC Davis in the Causeway Classic, 48–27, in front of 20,993 spectators.
  • The Sacramento Mountain Lions played their first game at the stadium on September 25, 2010 in a 24–20 win over the Florida Tuskers in front of a crowd that was estimated to be over 20,000.
  • The stadium hosted the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field in 2000 and 2004.
  • In 2011, the stadium hosted the World Masters Athletics Championships.
  • The stadium hosted the California Interscholastic Federation State Football Championships from 2015 to 2017.
  • The 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships was held June 26–29 at Fred Anderson Field . Organized by USA Track and Field, the four-day competition took place in conjunction with the USA Junior Combined Events Outdoor Track & Field Championships which started the day before and served as the national championships in track and field for the United States.[5]
  • The largest Sacramento State football crowd occurred on November 19, 2022 when 23,073 fans saw the Hornets complete an 11-0 season with a 27-21 victory over UC Davis in the Causeway Classic[6]


See also


  1. ^ "Hornet Stadium". hornetsports.com. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  2. ^ "Machine at Surge". The Sacramento Bee. April 4, 1992. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Sacramento Gold Miners' 1994 Season". Canadian Football League Database. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.legacy.usatf.org/statistics/champions/OlympicTrials/HistoryOfTheOlympicTrials.pdf The History of the Olympic Trials, published by USATF
  5. ^ "USA Track & Field - 2014 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento". Usatf.org. 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  6. ^ Davidson, Joe. "A Causeway Classic: Record crowd sees Sac State beat rival UC Davis for Big Sky three-peat". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 20 November 2022.

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