It's all about Bears.
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, California Memorial Stadium has generated scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. The historic building was recently reopened, after it was brought up to modern standards, creating a facility that will ensure safety for the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend games every year – all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated structure.
Some traditions never change, though: You can still hear the roar of the Victory Cannon as the Bears score a touchdown and see the die-hard fans watching from their free perch on Tightwad Hill.
Here are some fun facts about California Memorial Stadium:
Hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn will continue to be sold - alongside veggie burgers on wheat buns, vegetarian chili and spicy salmon rolls. Cal Dining, part of UC Berkeley’s Housing and Dining Operations, surplies concessions and catering for the Stadium, ensuring healthy and traditional choices for hungry Bears fans.
It's our turf.
As one of the final steps toward reopening, 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art synthetic turf was rolled out for the first home game in September 2012.
While it will take about 10 days to lay the turf, preparing the field for this final step began several months ago — one of many projects to ready the stadium to reopen for the Golden Bears’ first home game on Sept. 1. The stadium closed in December 2010 to undergo a massive $321 million overhaul, the core of which was a seismic retrofit of the historic site. The new synthetic turf will be more durable than grass in Memorial Stadium, which multiple teams, headquartered in the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, must share for practices and competition.
Stop the presses.
A dramatic and novel 300-foot-long press box features a curved, open-steel space frame that incorporates cantilevered seats facing the stadium and a cantilevered upper level balcony with a glass floor off the back providing a priceless view of the bay. The press box is supported by four massive towers that will enclose the stairs and elevators. These concrete core towers will be vertically compressed by taut steel cables, providing internal stability to the concrete structure during a quake.