Major venues that could fit in Long Beach’s ‘elephant lot’

A waterfront baseball stadium in Long Beach isn’t such a long shot if you compare it to scale with similar venues, according to a trove of city documents released on Monday.

Long Beach on June 12, 2017, commissioned the architecture firm Gensler to explore a variety of potential development opportunities for the city’s waterfront, with a specific focus on the 13-acre “elephant lot” near the Long Beach Arena. This is the first time an accurate site scale comparison has been done on the subject. Previous renderings by groups both for and against the stadium have depicted oversized and undersized stadiums at the elephant lot.

The Gensler project, which cost the city $17,000, included site scale comparisons with more than a dozen other California venues, including Petco Park and LA Live.  Here is a closer look at how those venues would fit on the Long Beach lot. 

Angel Stadium in Anaheim (home of the Los Angeles Angels)

Petco Park in San Diego (home of the San Diego Padres)

Concord Pavillion in Concord (Bay Area concert venue)

Raley Field in Sacramento (home of the Sacramento River Cats minor league team)

Chukchansi Park in Fresno (home of the minor league team Fresno Grizzlies)

Oracle Park in San Francisco (formerly AT&T Park, home of the Giants)

Avaya Stadium in San Jose (home of the Earthquakes soccer team)

Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson (formerly StubHub Center, multiple-use sports complex)

Honda Center in Anaheim (home of the Anaheim Ducks)

Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles (multi-use venue)

LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles (multi-use venue)

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (home of the Los Angeles Dodgers) 

Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View (concert venue)

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].