Chronological Tour: Stop 278

The Ranch

Entrance to San Bernardino Stadium, Aug-2004.

The view from the left-field terrace.

Those are the San Bernardino Mountains in the not-too-great distance.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
San Bernardino Stadium opened in 1996 to keep baseball in the Inland Empire. A previous team, the Spirit, had left Fiscalini Field after 1992 to move to nearby Rancho Cucamonga. The Salinas Spurs then moved into Fiscalini for three years, renaming themselves the Spirit, and the City of San Bernardino built this park for them.

When the park first opened, the team was called the Stampede and the stadium gained the nickname “The Ranch”. The park has had corporate sponsorship since 2001.

The similarity with Lancaster Municipal Stadium of the park having a nickname is not coincidental. This park was built to the same floor plan as Lancaster’s, with the exterior architecture and the paint job being the only significant differences. Even the location of the press box and luxury boxes is identical.

In 2003, the home team renamed itself the Inland Empire 66ers, in an attempt to market the club to surrounding communities such as Riverside and Yucaipa. While San Bernardino was prominently mentioned in the song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”, ironically Rancho Cucamonga’s park is much closer to the route of the historic highway.

Game # Date League Level Result
691 Sun 8-Aug-2004 California A INLAND EMPIRE 5, Visalia 2
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