RIVERSIDE, Calif.– “If you build it, they will come.” – Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams. When a coach purposefully doesn’t show players the field during a tour, something is up. Coach Keith Adams of the California School for the Deaf-Riverside in an interview with the Los Angeles Times says he does just that. In addition to Coach Adams’ shame, fans also have turned away from the program claiming the field was so dimly lit during night games that they could not see the action. Older fans have even claimed the bleachers being so uncomfortable as the reason they do not attend.
Adams says via interpreter that, “I feel like our (facilities) are probably one of the worst in the state. Even though this has been in the works for some time now, the state didn’t prioritize us and we kind of got dropped to the bottom of the list.”
However, Coach Adams will not have to steer away guests for that much longer. Last week, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsome finally approved a large $41 million funding towards a new field for the CSDR—also known as the Cubs—football team. “The Cubs are California legends, through and through, and we’re going to lift them up, just as they lifted us up with their inspiring journey,” Newsom said.
The new field renovations come after the Cubs made national headlines last fall. Millions of football fans around the nation tuned in to see the Cubs’ have a historic 12-1 season… all on a patch of dirt and hard to keep up with grass. In addition to the field, a lonely 150-seater concrete bleacher stood on the sidelines. With the entire nation tuning in, it was “quite embarrassing” for the Cubs.
“I grew up playing with a lot of big schools, on their fields, and [at] our school it was real grass, holes, and dirt,” junior quarterback Trevin Adams said through a video interpreter in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It just kind of felt disrespectful, almost.”
Junior Ricardo Terrazas, current lineman but soon-to-be wide receiver also jumps in and signs, “I love the governor.”
The new field will have synthetic turf installed this year, as well as an entirely new lighting system. The system will contain LED lights—a well-deserved upgrade from portable lighting machines the team carried with them. In addition to the field, fans will now have a comfier place to sit and watch the team. The concrete is getting overhauled in favor of an 800-seater bleacher.
While senior players Adams and Terrazas will not get to see the improvements come to life in time to play a game on them—the project is not expected to be completed until 2026—they say they are proud and excited for the students who do get that change.
“Wow, I wish I could play,” Terrazas said. “However, in the future, I plan on attending these games as a fan, because my heart is in this school. I was born and raised there — I bleed the school colors. Our team has unfinished business, and we’re not done yet … I want a ring next season.”
To see more on this subject, visit the official California School for the Deaf-Riverside website here.