Below are some facts about Timberwolf Stadium and how it has developed, something everyone involved in this project should feel good about. Our community has created a stadium valued at more than $15 Million with about $1.3 Million in donations over the last 20 years.
The Mendocino Coast Sports Foundation began in 1991 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to get a lighted field on the Mendocino Coast.
A non-profit corporation was formed in 1992 and the Foundation got authorization from the local school board to develop the high school property where the old track was located.
In November of 1994 Jim Cummings donated a piece of property, located on Ocean View Drive and valued at over $200,000, enabling the Sport Foundation to establish a line of credit.
The official groundbreaking for the stadium was May 20, 1996.
The first step in developing the stadium was to level the field. The old track was 3 feet higher on the south end than the north. This required the excavation of approximately 6,500 cubic yards of soil. The next item was under grounding all the drainage (2,029 ft of pipe), electrical (3,360 ft of ditches) and plumbing and drains (5,150 ft of ditches). Then 1,200 cubic yards of native soil and 1,200 cubic yards of imported top soil were brought in.
Once the underground and fieldwork was completed, soil had to be trucked in to form the base for stadium seating areas.
Approximately 800 truckloads (24,600 cubic Yards) were hauled to the site by local truckers and a National Guard unit. All of this was done by volunteer labor. All of the soil was donated and the fuel paid by the local fuel distributors.
Once the soil was hauled to the site it had to be moved into place and compacted to state specifications (12,800 cubic yards). After compaction, approximately 60% of home side seating was readied for seats by pouring 1,085 yards of concrete, the section now in place and usable. As of May 31, 2003 a total of 1,172 yards of concrete were poured.
Installing the light poles and lights came next. In order to install the poles a base had to be made requiring six holes each of about 30 feet deep and four feet in diameter. Once these holes were drilled they were filled with rebar and concrete. It took approximately 67 yards of concrete to fill the holes. We were able to get the bridge crew retrofitting the Hare Creek Bridge to bring their drill up to the stadium to do the drilling; this saved us about $50,000. Additional savings were realized when we purchased the lights and poles from the port of Oakland. We purchased the poles and lights for approximately $8,400 and then refurbished them. Had we purchased them new the cost would have been about $150,000.
The seating at the stadium today was previously located in Anaheim Stadium. Our board discovered Anaheim Stadium was remodeling and we contacted them about purchasing some of their old seats. Originally they wanted $47 a seat, but we negotiated a price of $10 and purchased 2,500 of them. Local truckers hauled them up to us at no cost. We then had the crew at Parlin Forks renovate all of the seats, of which approximately 900 were installed. The rest of the remaining seats are ready to be installed once concrete sections are available for them.
In March 1999 the James G. Cummings Trust donated $150,000 to the construction of the stadium, this was in addition to the $200,000 plus value of land previously donated.
On September 10, 1999 the stadium was officially dedicated as The James G. Cummings Timberwolf Stadium. It was playable and usable, but far from complete.
The ticket booth, concession stand and announcer booth were the next items to be installed in the stadium and a majority of the work and a portion of the materials were donated. The next enhancements to the stadium were the restrooms and the sound system. The sound system was purchased from Crusher Stadium in Rohnert Park (Crusher Stadium was being demolished). This sound system would have been $30,000 new, but we were able to purchase this 4year old system for $4,000.
The cement for visitors seating was then poured as well as the walkway to the visitors side and approximately 500 visitor seats were installed (approximately 40% of the home side seating remains to be installed once the concrete can be purchased for the base). The next improvements to the stadium were the concrete work at the entrance, the railing around the area, completion of the announcer booth and the entrance gate.
In addition to the above there have been picnic tables installed at the south end of the stadium for the comfort of those attending events. The large Timberwolf sign was installed above the entry In September, 2009 and the parking lot in front of the stadium was completed in January, 2010. Concrete for the remaining 40% of home side seating was accomplished in 2014 and the remaining seats were installed in 2014-15 making the home side seating complete; an all-weather track and final landscaping are yet on the agenda.