Named after long-time 49er track & field coach, Jack Rose, Jack Rose Track is an 850-seat facility that features 400-meter all-weather track and runways and grass turf throughout the infield.
The track is in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation, scheduled to be finished in the Spring of 2015. The completed project will showcase a facility that is among the very best in the United States. The centerpiece will be the track and its design features. When all phases are completed, the stadium will boast seating for 5,000 spectators and allow for additional team and student seating. With this, and other important elements accomplished, this redesign will complete the vision of a national-class facility that can play host to major invitational meets as well as NCAA and U.S. Track & Field championships.
Located adjacent to the Barrett Center and under the shadow of the Walter Pyramid, Jack Rose Stadium is positioned to enjoy ideal wind conditions for all sprinting, jumping and throwing events, and can host a full meet within its confines.
The stadium track will offer Long Beach State student-athletes a world-class home to train and compete on. The state-of-the-art competition areas will feature a 9-lane track that is NCAA, USATF and IAAF certified. The desirable European oval design offers wide radius turns with 48" lanes. The shorter straightaway feature of the track creates a longer, smoother curve than the typical 100 meter-by-100 meter configuration. This longer, smoother curve will give this facility the reputation as on the fastest tracks in the United States, if not the world. A tenth lane will be added as a buffer-zone for competitor safety, and a "Zero" lane will be installed inside lane 1 for warm up and cool down purposes. The facility will become one of only three IAAF Class 1 certified track and field complexes in the U.S. and only the second such facility on a collegiate campus, joining the University of Arkansas.
The field event areas consist of dual infield competition throwing circles for shot put, dual infield discus rings, dual javelin runways, an outside competition hammer/discus ring, and additional outside shot put throwing pads for additional training and competitions.
The jumping areas consist of dual infield, side-by-side approaches for high jump, and dual parallel outfield runways for long/triple jumps and pole vault that can be reversed for wind conditions, if needed.
The dual runways and throwing rings offer the ability to host multiple event competition, allowing the university to host top-level invitational meets as well as national championships. The universities unique location near the ocean allows our facility to take advantage of optimal, on-shore wind conditions for all jumping, throwing, and sprinting events.
The main finish line is located on the east side of the stadium. This area will provide seating for 3,500 seats and press box that meets A.D.A. requirements and allows for sound, timing, and video display operations under all weather conditions. Seating on the west side of the stadium is primarily for field event spectating on the backstretch, adjacent to the outside jumps location. Seating capacity on the west side backstretch will be 1,500.
Team areas and student seating will be located on the north and south turns. The terraced design of these unique seating areas will showcase The Beach and provide enclosure to the stadium. The final product will exceed the NCAA and USA Track & Field requirement for hosting championship events. The terraced areas would be cement, with synthetic turf on this multiple-level landscaped terrace.
The site has been featured in a number of television and movie spots as well as its use as a sporting facility, including American Pie and The Gail Devers Story.