As Cal State Fullerton men's and women's soccer programs establish themselves as two of the nation's elite programs, the cornerstone can be seen in the form of Titan Stadium.
Completed in 1992, the 10,000-seat facility has been called by many "one of the finest soccer facilities in the nation." With deference to the much larger but fan-unfriendly Rose Bowl, site of the 1994 World Cup and the 1999 Women's World Cup, Titan Stadium is the second-best soccer facility in Southern California behind only the Home Depot Center in Carson - the home of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Club Deportivo Chivas USA of Major League Soccer as well as the U.S. Soccer Federation's national team training headquarters.
Titan Stadium features 2,000 chair-back seats and 2,500 bleachers with backrests in the western grandstand and about 5,000 seats on concrete steps along the eastern sideline. The pitch has an underground drainage system that allows it to be almost perfectly flat and is of maximum width and length (75 x 120 yards). The press box seats more than 50 and there are 10 booths for broadcasting, hospitality, etc.
The stadium shell was completed on Jan. 15, 1992. The first event was commencement on May 30, 1992, and the first soccer activity was a scrimmage between Fullerton and Biola University on Aug. 22, 1992.
The first collegiate men's soccer game was Cal State Fullerton vs. UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 5, 1992, followed that evening by Fullerton vs. Cal State Northridge in football.
During the summer of 1998, the field level locker room was completed and concessions stands and restrooms were built on the eastern terrace.
During the month leading to the 1994 World Cup, Titan Stadium played host to several international exhibitions featuring the United States team. The Colombian team trained at Fullerton and several other nations used the facility after Colombia was eliminated.
In 1993 and 1994, Titan Stadium served as the home of the Los Angeles Salsa of the American Professional Soccer League. Los Angeles lost to Colorado, 2-1, in the 1993 APSL Championship held in Titan Stadium.
In 1993, the Titan women's team appeared on the scene and played Southern California rival USC to a 1-1 tie in the first-ever women's match at Titan Stadium.
In 1994, the Cal State Fullerton men's team hosted its first NCAA Tournament games ever when the Titans played host to, and defeated, San Diego and San Francisco in the first two rounds of the tournament. UCLA also used the facility in 2003 for its fall football camp.
The playing surface was totally renovated in July of 2005 and played host to the Big West Conference Women's Soccer Tournament and the first two rounds of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament later that year. The turf has been replaced several times since then.
The stadium is only part of the Titan Sports Complex, which was financed by a unique arrangement with the city of Fullerton and an on-campus Marriott Hotel. A baseball stadium seating 3,500 fans, a two-diamond softball complex seating more than 1,000, an all-weather running track, renovated tennis courts, and an auxiliary soccer field all were part of the original $10 million project that has seen more than $5 million in improvements.
With its proximity to Hollywood, Titan Stadium has become a favorite location for movies, commercials, and video games. Numerous professional stars from many sports have been featured.