Thunderbird Park History

Rashpal Dhillon Track and Field Oval

Completed in the summer of 2009, this project was partly funded by a major donation from Peter Dhillon and family in memory of their late father.  This facility provides a home on campus for the UBC Track and Field team and allows for all disciplines to be contested.  The track is all-weather while the field inside the oval is grass.

Thunderbird Park Baseball Diamond

Completed prior to the 2009 season, the all weather baseball field is the official practice field for the UBC Thunderbirds baseball team. The school also uses the field for conference games when they are unable to play at Nat Bailey Stadium due to inclement weather. Located adjacent to the Mizuno School of Baseball, this new field has allowed the T-Birds to now complete their baseball training on campus for the first time in the team’s history.

Thunderbird Park Soccer Pitch

Completed prior to the 2008 season, the soccer pitch at Thunderbird Park is one of the premier fields in all of Vancouver. A turf pitch, it allows for games to be played in all weather conditions. Furnished with a score clock and stands before the 2009 season, the field hosted its first Canada West Championship that season with the men welcoming the best from the conference. The field is also used by UBC Rec and community leagues.

Wolfson Fields

It was announced on October 4, 1960, that a grant of $13,450 had been obtained through the U.K. Playing Fields Association and the B.C. Playing Fields Association for a new playing field at the south end of the UBC campus. “This five-acre area, to be named Wolfson Field, will accommodate rugby, cricket, field hockey, soccer and lacrosse,” announced then Athletic Director Bus Phillips.

Wright Field

Wright Field is named after former UBC field hockey player Harry Wright, the father of another standout Thunderbird, Lee Wright, who spearheaded the fundraising campaign and provided a generous donation that helped this world-class turf become a reality in 2001. The first sod was turned ceremonially at the site (formerly Harry Logan Athletics Track) on April 20, 2001, and the ground-breaking and earthmoving began on August 9, 2001. The Thunderbirds first began CIS competition there in the fall of 2002, and the pitch has since played host to Canada West Championships and two CIS Championships.

Wright Field, which cost around $1.5 million to construct, is also constantly in use by UBC REC and community field hockey teams. It is also home to Field Hockey Canada training camps and major international competitions.