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Weingart Stadium

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Opened  1951
Phone  +1 323-265-8650
Construction cost  3.1 million USD
Capacity  22,355
Owner  East Los Angeles College
Weingart Stadium
Location  1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez Monterey Park CA 91754 (on campus of East Los Angeles College)
Address  1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754, USA
Similar  Murdock Stadium, Los Angeles Memorial, Rose Bowl, The Forum, Gersten Pavilion

Weingart Stadium (formerly ELAC Stadium) is a 22,355-capacity multi-purpose stadium located at East Los Angeles College, in Monterey Park, California. It was built in 1951 at a cost of $3.1 million, and following renovations in 1984 it was renamed after philanthropist Ben Weingart.

The stadium played host to all 1984 Olympic field hockey matches. US Field Hockey played a home game here in 1990. The Los Angeles Salsa soccer club called Weingart home in the early 1990s. It is one of the only mid-size stadiums in the western United States that is retrofitted with turf-playing surface certified by the Federation International de Football Association (FIFA).

Today, although it remains home to the East Los Angeles College football team, it is best known as the site of the annual Garfield High School–Roosevelt High School football game, better known as the East Los Angeles Classic, which has been responsible for the Stadium's largest crowds, numbering over 25,000.

Commencement ceremonies for local high schools such as Schurr High School in Montebello, Alhambra High School in Alhambra and Garfield High School in Los Angeles are held at Weingart Stadium.

Usage in films

In the film Forrest Gump, special effects were used to turn ELAC's Weingart Stadium into the University of Alabama's football stadium. Using digital FX, a small crowd which was filmed at ELAC, appears to fill the entire stadium.

On October 19, 2013, during halftime of the ELAC and Victor Valley College game, the stadium was used as the home field of Gotham City University for the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featuring the superheroes Superman and Batman. The scene involved a football game between Gotham City University and rival Metropolis State University.

References

Weingart Stadium Wikipedia


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