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
Address: 3920 East Spring Street, Orange, CA 92869 Built: 1969 Directions: Costa Mesa Freeway to Chapman Avenue. East on Chapman to Prospect Street. North on Prospect to Spring Street. School and stadium on right. Parking: There is a parking lot with over flow available on the surrounding streets. The stadium can be accessed from both Spring St and Chapman Ave. provided the Chapman Ave gate is open.
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.
$24 Million Fred Kelly Stadium Renovations
Fred Kelly Stadium wentunder $24 million in renovations primarily to resolve non-ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) violations brought up by the Office of Civil Rights.
The stadium was demolished and rebuilt with new ADA-compliant grandstands, restrooms and concessions, as well as a new press box. The renovations were funded with district money and fees from developers. No Measure S school bonds will be used to fund the stadium renovations.
Fred Kelly Features, Additions & Renovations
- New aluminum bleachers on a grade (3,400 home fans, 1,700 visitors); About 1,000 additional seats
- Electronic timing system for track events added
- Synthetic track, which meets all CIF standards
- Linings for football, lacrosse and soccer
- Upgraded Stadium lighting
- Upgraded Sound system (state-of-the-art BOSE sound system)
- Scoreboard that is three stories above the field and is 17 feet tall and 26 feet wide. The scoreboard can split screens into multiple pictures with live video and standard scoreboard features such as scores and time
- On the reverse side of the scoreboard is a 16 foot x 6 foot marquee that is capable of publicizing upcoming games and past scores
- Team rooms with 40 gear lockers and each room includes a coach’s team room
- Trainer tables in each locker room with new showers plus a referees locker
- Renovated and new snack bars and restrooms on the visitor and home sides.
- Renovated ticket booth
- Upgraded electrical capacity
- Removes 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
About Fred Kelly
The stadium is named after Frederick “Fred” Kelly, who was a graduate of Orange High School. He went on to compete at USC and was selected to be a member of the 1912 U.S. Olympic Team. He won the 110-meter hurdles at the 1912 Summer Olympics. Kelly died on May 7, 1974 at the age of 82.