Baseball returns to Dodger Stadium on Sunday, March 8th for the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic. There will be two scheduled games between four college baseball teams. USC will battle cross-town rivals UCLA after TCU takes on defending CWS champion Vanderbilt.
From the Dodgers press release:
"The TCU-Vanderbilt game is slated to begin at 11:45 a.m. and the USC-UCLA matchup is at 3:30 p.m. Tickets priced at $25 for Dugout Club seats, $20 for Baseline Club seats and $10 for Field level seats are available at Dodgers.com/classic, uclabruins.com and gettrojantix.com. Tickets for USC and UCLA students and children under 14 are $5 and also are available in advance only at the UCLA and USC box offices or at Dodger Stadium on the day of the event. Parking is $10 and is available only at the gate. Parking and stadium gates will open at 11:30 a.m."
Both games will count toward NCAA baseball standings.
Of course Im rooting for USC. Photo: Stacie Wheeler
2010 was the inaugural year of the then Dodgertown Classic which features USC and UCLA every year, and has also hosted Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Georgia, Vanderbilt University, The University of Georgia, and St. Mary’s College. Proceeds go to help NCAA baseball programs.
"The event dates to 2010, when Vanderbilt edged Oklahoma State, 7-6, and UCLA defeated USC, 6-1. In 2011, Georgia blanked St. Mary’s, 3-0, and USC shut down UCLA, 2-0. In 2012, Pepperdine topped UC Irvine, 3-2, and UCLA downed USC, 7-2. Due to renovations at Dodger stadium, the 2013 games were played at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium, where Notre Dame trimmed Oklahoma, 6-5, in 11 innings, and UCLA beat USC, 6-1. The event did not take place in 2014."
There will also be a USC and a UCLA night at Dodger Stadium once again this season.
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Tuesday, April 28th vs. the San Francisco Giants is USC night.
Friday, May 1st vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks is UCLA night.
Check out dodgers.com/usc or dodgers.com/ucla for special ticket packages which include a commemorative Dodgers/USC or Dodgers/UCLA T-Shirt. Ticket prices are $27 for infield reserve or $37 for All-You-Can-Eat right field pavilion.
While the Dodgers-Giants rivalry is one of the longest and most heated rivalries in professional sports, the rivalry between USC and UCLA is just as intense (especially during football season). I remember protecting the Tommy Trojan statue on campus at USC by wrapping him in duct tape the week of the big football game against UCLA. Things can get very testy.