Chronological Tour: Stop 337

The Net

Exterior of the home-plate stand at Nettleton Stadium, Aug-2008.

A look at the seating bowl from the far left-field bleachers.

The field looks out upon other Chico State athletic facilities as well as the Union Pacific tracks.

Quick Facts: Rating: 4 baseballs
Nettleton Stadium was built on the campus of Chico State University and is used by its baseball team. The field was dedicated to former head coach Roy Bohler in 1988, and a donation by Steve and Kathy Nettleton got the school its new stadium in April 1997.

Itís a little difficult to find, as it is off the main drag. Twice, I have gotten lost approaching this ballpark. The good news is that itís worth getting to. This is one of the premier facilities I have seen for NCAA Division II baseball.

There is a main grandstand flanked by larger bleacher sections, each of which has a concession stand built into its base. Picnic areas are located down each foul line, along with a real bleacher in deep left field. The field faces nearly due south, so third-base seats are in the sun for the first several innings of night games. Also, the Union Pacific line (which Route 99 parallels) runs past right field. Twice during the game I attended in August 2008, freight trains went by.

The Chico Heat were one of the most consistently successful franchises in the Western League, an independent loop that operated for several seasons. When the league folded at the end of the 2002 season, the upper Sacramento valley was left without pro ball until 2005, when the new Golden League began operations. The Outlaws lasted for seven years, the last in the North American League.

Game # Date League Level Result
939 Fri 1-Aug-2008 Golden Ind. Orange County 3, CHICO 1
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