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Gridiron Dreams


Published May 10, 2019 5:25 PM

UCLA almost got an on-campus football stadium.

Architect Daniel Dworsky designed it: a 44,000-seat football stadium that would be right on campus, built into the hillside just below the residence halls. But UCLA students didn’t want to pay for it: Both an informal poll and a formal referendum showed overwhelming opposition to using student fees for construction. Local homeowners also weighed in against the project. In December 1965, Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy proposed a compromise: Build a smaller stadium “capable of further expansion.” But the UC Regents rejected the idea. In 1969, the track stadium — later named for Elvin C. “Ducky” Drake — opened on the site, with a capacity of 11,700.



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