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March 24, 2017
Yale Men’s Rugby Team Trains at Historic Dodgertown
VERO BEACH, Fla. (March 24, 2017) — Historic Dodgertown’s fields and facilities are becoming well-known in the sport of rugby.
Recently the Yale University Men’s Rugby Team traveled from New Haven, Conn. And exchanged cloudy, 40-degree weather for Vero Beach’s sunny skies and mild 70’s temperatures for their spring training practice, and were impressed with fields, climate and overall stay.
“The pitch is probably the best in the United States,” said Nicolas Wicaksono, team spokesperson. “I’d been here with ATAVUS Rugby last fall and was impressed with the facility, particularly for what we were trying to do. My team had a great time here.”
The team stayed in Historic Dodgertown’s hotel villa rooms, ate meals in the on-site dining room, held meetings in the conference rooms, enjoyed the campus pool, tennis and basketball courts, utilized the major league designed fitness and training rooms and equipment, and invited the Indian River Rugby Club for an evening scrimmage.
Earlier this month USA Women’s Rugby, hosted by ATAVUS Rugby, held their spring camp at Historic Dodgertown, and last fall ATAVUS Rugby visited Historic Dodgertown and became the first rugby team to train here.
To accommodate rugby, Historic Dodgertown’s Field 4 is transformed into a rugby pitch, complete with goal posts and markings designed to accommodate sport standards. The 100’ x 130’ manicured lawn accommodates rugby, lacrosse, soccer and more. Next month the Canadian Football League Saskatchewen Roughriders and the Montreal Alouettes will return for mini-camps.
“For what we wanted to do, we got a lot out of it,” Wicaksono said. “Currently this is the best rugby pitch in America.”
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About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532