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Bruin Bites: The Future of UCLA Baseball at Jackie Robinson Stadium Is Secure

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Also, a Men’s Water Polo player is honored as the MPSF Player of the Week.

Jackie Robinson Stadium

On this Tuesday morning, we have some big UCLA baseball news along with an honor for a UCLA Water Polo player.

UCLA Baseball

For a while, the future of UCLA Baseball at Jackie Robinson Stadium had been in doubt.

The Veterans Administration which owns the land that JRS sits on had been sued for using the land on the westside of the 405 for non-veteran purposes. As a result of a settlement in that suit, a VA Master Plan was developed and, subsequent to that plan, an agreement was worked out between UCLA and the VA.

Under the terms of an agreement which was announced in January, UCLA agreed to provide $1.15 million annually in support of new programs and services, approximately $200,000 of in-kind contributions and $300,000 a year in fair-market rent for the continued use of Jackie Robinson Stadium.

That agreement, though, was subject to passage of federal legislation. In other words, it took an act of Congress to finalize and that’s never a sure thing.

Yesterday, the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 cleared the Senate and is now headed to President Obama’s desk.

The UCLA Newsroom has more information on the agreement and the legislation.

Men’s Water Polo

Junior goalkeeper Aleksander Ruzic was named the MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week for his performances against Pepperdine and Long Beach State. Ruzic recorded 21 saves in those games, 17 of which came against Long Beach State.

Go Bruins!!!