Fred Kelly Stadium is located in Orange, CA next to El Modena High School. The stadium is managed by the Orange Unified School District for school events such as football, track and field and graduation ceremonies. It is the home football field for Canyon, El Modena, Orange and Villa Park.
OUSD has priority use of the facility under the Civic Center Act however the City of Orange may permit Facility usage on available weekends and during non-school hours when O.U.S.D. has not scheduled the Facility. The City will schedule any dates not being utilized by O.U.S.D. to approved City of Orange non-profit youth organizations
The stadium was originally built in 1969 and named after Fred Kelly, who attended Orange Union High School and won an Olympic Gold Medal in the 110‐meter high hurdles in the 1912 games. He was also USC’s first Olympic Gold Medalist.
In 2005, an artificial infield and all weather track was installed as part of a $1.3 million renovation. The funding came from a $600,000 settlement paid to O.U.S.D. by the City of Orange and a $500,000 fundraising effort by the Community Foundation of Orange (of which the City contributed $75,000)
About Fred Kelly Stadium
Fred Kelly Stadium Events
Fred Kelly stadium hosts many event throughout the year including Canyon, El Modena, Orange and Villa Park varsity home football games and commencement ceremonies. Additional school sporting events such as track & field and soccer are played at the stadium. City of Orange non-profit organizations also host a variety of sporting and non-sporting events. Annual events such as the 3rd of July Celebration and Orange Foundation Games are also hosted at the stadium.
Fred Kelly Stadium Closing
Fred Kelly was officially closed for renovations at a closing ceremony on December 12th, 2018. The stadium is temporarily closed for 15 months and is expected to reopen in March 2020.
The city is working on plans for holding its Third of July event next year. There will be no 2019 Orange Foundation Games.
$24 Million Fred Kelly Stadium Renovations
Fred Kelly Stadium is going under $24 million in renovations primarily to resolve non-ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) violations brought up by the Office of Civil Rights.
The stadium will ultimately be demolished and rebuilt with new ADA-compliant grandstands, restrooms and concessions, as well as a new press box. The work is expected to take 15 months and re-open in time for the 2020 football season. The renovations are being funded with district money and fees from developers. No Measure S school bonds will be used to fund the stadium renovations.
- Upgraded Stadium lighting
- Upgraded Sound system
- Electronic timing system for track events added
- Upgraded electrical capacity
- Remove handball courts
ADA Mandatory Updates
- Accessible parking
- Passenger loading
- Accessible entry
- Accessible water fountain, restrooms
- Accessible home & visitor bleachers
- Accessible press box (field level and ramped)
- Accessible path of travel to parking and campus
- Accessible signage
Additions & Renovations
- Renovated toilets
- Renovated concession stands, ticket booth
- New toilet rooms
- New aluminum bleachers on a grade (3,300 home fans, 1,700 visitors)
- New team rooms
- About 1,000 additional seats
Stadium Event Relocation Plans
OUSD recognized that Orange, Canyon, Villa Park and El Modena athletic fields are in substandard conditions and thus green lighted athletic field upgrades including synthetic turf and tracks which also are expected to reduce maintenance costs. These upgrades are expected to be in place before the stadium closes and estimated cost are $7.5 to $10 million.
El Modena will use other school’s fields during the renovations and even when Fred Kelly reopens lower-level high school games such as football, soccer and track & field will be played at the respective high school.
2019 home football game locations have not been determined as of this time.
During the renovations locations for other events such as the Orange Foundation Games, 3rd of July Celebration and the high school commencement ceremonies has not been determined. It is anticipated that the Orange Foundation Games will be cancelled in 2019.