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Judge: UCLA Must Cede Jackie Robinson Baseball Stadium

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Garrett Atkins of UCLA in action during a game against Portland State at the Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles, California. UCLA defeated Portland State 4-3. (credit: Harry How /Allsport )

Garrett Atkins of UCLA in action during a game against Portland State at the Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles, California. UCLA defeated Portland State 4-3. (credit: Harry How /Allsport )

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 LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has refused to overturn his ruling that UCLA must give up its baseball stadium that is leased on land from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

But U.S. District Judge S. James Otero said Monday that UCLA and another school, which were not involved in the initial lawsuit, could appeal.

The national champion Bruins have played in Jackie Robinson Stadium for nearly 50 years.

In February, Otero ruled the VA violated federal law by leasing part of its West LA property for commercial use to UCLA and others.

A lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union sought to have the leased property used for veterans’ housing and health care.

ACLU attorney Mark Rosenbaum says the property “must be the home of the brave, not of the Bruins.”

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