LoanMart Field – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Epicenter of it All
California’s Inland Empire is a great market for minor league baseball. In less than 90 minutes, fans can stop by the stadiums of three different minor league franchises. Perhaps the most storied of all of these franchises, calls the city of Rancho Cucamonga its home.
The franchise is well known by stadium travelers due to its unforgettable city name, regionally-appropriate nickname, comfortable venue, and reputation for a great fan experience.
The stadium was opened in 1992 at a cost of around $20 million and has enjoyed a prosperous run. Since its debut, the venue has snagged the record for single season attendance among the California League, has been purchased by an investment group that includes former Royal-great George Brett, and has had a renovation in 2008. In 2013, the Epicenter became known as LoanMart Field after the franchise signed a ten-year naming rights agreement. In spite of the name change, folks still fondly refer to the yard as The Epicenter.
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LoanMart Field offers a great variety at very reasonable prices. One could argue that the selection at the stadium competes with many of the offerings in MLB venues. As the Dodgers Single A affiliate you’ll be happy to know that familiar Dodger Stadium items such as the Dodger Dog, the All Beef Super Dodger Dog, the Doyer Dog (A Dodger Dog loaded with chili, nacho cheese, chopped tomatoes, onions and jalapenos) are available as well as a Bellibomb Burrito, paying tribute to 2017 Dodger Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger.
Other items available range from chicken and beef teriyaki bowls, bratwursts, tri tip sandwiches, as well as Pepsi product beverages and brews from Budweiser products and premium brews from Hangar 24 as well as other mixed drinks from the Rock & Brews stand.
The Epicenter is a truly beautiful venue, where the sun is likely always shining, and the tree-lined outfield fence is only overshadowed by the towering San Gabriel Mountains in the distance. One thing you will see a lot in the stands are blue clad fans. As in, Dodger Blue. Since joining the Dodgers farm system in 2011, the Quakes have added Dodger Blue to their color scheme and it shows in the stands as fans are dressed in both Quakes and Dodgers attire. The affiliation with the Dodgers gives fans an added enthusiasm that as they enter The Epicenter they are watching the future of their big league team.
The neighborhood is located where the Mohave Trail, Old Spanish Trail, Santa Fe Trail, El Camino Real, and the former Route 66 all meet. Fans will notice many of the old Route 66 markers throughout the streets on the way to the stadium, particularly along Foothill Blvd. The stadium is located in the Rancho Cucamonga Adult Sport Park, surrounded by three softball fields and two soccer fields. Just a few minutes away are most of your common fast food eateries as well as several other sit-down options at nearby Victoria Gardens. Richie’s Real American Diner is your standard diner that also offers wood smoked bbq. Richie’s Diner pays tribute to the local area’s Route 66 roots.
The Rancho Cucamonga fans are passionate. The team has frequently led the California League in attendance during its existence. The stadium shares land with an adult sports park, so many teams from recreational leagues stop by the stadium after games.
Due to its current affiliation with the Dodgers as well as its proximity to L.A., don’t be surprised should you see plenty of Dodger Blue in the stands. The Quakes do an outstanding job of marketing their product as well as paying tribute to their parent club, even adding Dodger Blue to their color scheme. So knowledgeable and passionate are the fans here about both the Single A and big club, should you walk around Dodger Stadium in Rancho Cucamunga Quakes gear chances are good you will have a fan or two come up and pay you a compliment.
Depending on traffic Rancho Cucamonga can be anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes away from Downtown Los Angeles. The stadium is located not far from the 10, 15 and 210 freeways. Parking is very plentiful and reasonable at $5. Should a huge crowd be expected especially for a fireworks night game, overflow parking is also available on a lot across the street from the stadium.
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The least expensive tickets along the club section are $10 ($12 Day of Game), Field Box is $11 ($13 Day of Game). The Super Box, hugging the first few rows from first the through third base dugouts are also a good value at $13 ($15 Day of Game).
Estrella Jalisco Dugout Decks, located next to the Quakes third base dugout, sell on the day of game for $22 and provide tables for families and friends to place their food and personal items. Another good day of game bargain for $13 is the Cafe Fault Zone along the right field line.
The tree-lined outfield wall and San Gabriel Mountains in the distance provide a truly perfect baseball setting. LoanMart Field is located in the Rancho Cucamonga Adult Sports Park and is surrounded by recreational baseball/softball diamonds. If any of the fields are empty, visiting fans can easily find some space to play a game or simply toss a baseball back and forth.
Also in the concourse, fans will find the day’s starting lineups and current California League standings. Along the left field concourse is the All-Star Walk of Fame. This display dates back to the teams infancy in 1993 and pays tribute to every notable Padre, Angel and Dodger that ever donned a Quakes uniform either as a step to the bigs or a stop on a rehab assignment. The list along the walk that includes among others Clayton Kershaw, Wally Joyner and recent Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Guerrero is both plentiful and impressive.
The Dave & Buster’s Fun Zone is located along the right field corner and features a bounce house for your little ones should they feel the need to let out some extra energy.
The 2018 season has been a special one for the Quakes, already surpassing their 2011 franchise best for total regular season wins. The Quakes continue to be a leader in the California League circuit. Being located an hour from Downtown Los Angeles and its affiliation with the Dodgers benefits the Quakes greatly as evidenced by all the blue and white in the stands.
One of the streets LoanMart Field is located on is named after the late great comedian Jack Benny. Click here for more fun facts on Jack Benny’s ties to the city of Rancho.
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