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Fred Kelly Stadium, Orange Unified School District
Orange, CA
Restoring district pride.
Upgrading a district legacy.
Replacing the field for four schools at once
The Orange Unified School District’s (OUSD) Fred Kelly Stadium facility is the home field for the El Modena, Orange, Villa Park, and Canyon High School football programs and the center of community activity. The original stadium, built in 1967, is named for Orange Union High student Fred Kelly, who won Olympic Gold in the 110-meter high hurdles in the 1912 games and was the University of Southern California’s first Olympic Gold Medalist.

After over 50 years of use, the stadium was in desperate need of an upgrade. HED was selected to design the replacement field, new bleachers accommodating a capacity of 5,000, ADA compliant press box, concession stands, ticket booths, score board, restrooms, and synthetic track and field. New team rooms, storage, shade structures, accessible path of travel, and a new pedestrian drop zone was also added. The stadium is striped for football, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field events. In honor of its namesake athlete, OUSD plans to install a hurdle Kelly used, and the stadium features an expanded monument wall and seating, as well as a new dedication plaque.
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Results
The entrances have been upgraded, with separate ticket booths and concession stands for visitors and home, both with updated signage, loading areas and enhanced lighting along the walkways.
Sophisticated stadium lighting has been adjusted to be respectful of its neighbors.
The new ADA compliant press box is accessible via elevator.
Project Data
Fred Kelly Stadium 2015-00109-000
Orange Unified School District
Orange, California
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction + Replacement
HED ROLE
Design Architect, Mechanical/ Plumbing Engineering, Electrical Engineering
RSF/GSF
8,697
CONSTRUCTION COST
$18.4 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Certified Equivalent
Project Team
  • John Dale
    FAIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Jennette La Quire
    AIA, LEED AP ID+C
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Thomas Christian
    AIA
    Associate Principal
    Architecture
  • Ricardo Stekel
    LEED Green Associate
    Architecture + Design
  • Namrata Tulsianey
    Design
  • Alejandro Angeles
    Design
  • Rafael Noriega
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Electrical Design
  • Gerard Palody
    PE
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering
  • Freddie Angelito
    Electrical Design
Upgrading a district legacy.
Fred Kelly Stadium, Orange Unified School District
Orange, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Restoring district pride.