Originally Posted by Bobodeluxe
Being set up on the north corner of the playing field at Memorial. If it stays, the field will be only 70 yards long.
that a culvert runs under the stadium? This culvert, known as Little Inch culvert, drains Strawberry Creek from above Haas Recreation Area.
Let me back up. Before Cal Memorial Stadium was built, Strawberry Creek flowed through the meadow-like area that we now know as Haas Recreation Area and Witter Field. When it got to the area of the stadium rim around Section P, it became a waterfall. When Strawberry Creek waters reached the bottom of the waterfall, they turned northwesterly and meandered through the field area and then into the area we know as Maxwell Family Field (aka Kleeburger Field)
When the stadium was built, Strawberry Creek was actually put into two culverts: Big Inch Culvert and Little Inch Culvert. Big Inch Culvert actually skirts the East Rim of the stadium and then drops down the hillside above Maxwell Family Field. Little Inch runs underneath the stadium field and joins up with Big Inch just north of Maxwell Family Field. The culvert ends and dumps the waters of Strawberry Creek into the streambed in the vicinity of the Women's Faculty Club.
In 1995 when the stadium field was converted from AstroTurf to natural grass, Little Inch culvert was exposed and repositioned at a lower depth: the field not only lost its crown (which was a difference of about 8 inches from the middle of the field to the sidelines), but it was also lowered two feet and made flat after installation of a new drainage and irrigation system.
Based on what you've posted, it seems very likely that this system is being put temporarily in place to ensure the continued health of Strawberry Creek while the field is lowered four feet.