The University of California at Berkeley first began plying football in 1886. The Golden Bears would see great success in the 1920's and 1930's when they would win numerous Pacific Coast Conference titles and 2 national championships. After more success in the '40s and '50s under coach Pappy Waldorf, the school's football program would slip into obscurity until the 1990's, and even more so under Tedford's leadership. Some of the great players to wear the blue and gold include Steve Bartkowski, Tony Gonzalez, and Todd Steussie. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for California Golden Bears football tickets.
2014 Cal Season Preview
Sonny Dykes enters his first year as the head coach of the California Golden Bears, trying to build off of what predecessor Jeff Tedford built before the program hit a wall over the last couple of seasons. Dykes brings with him an offensive style that is fast-paced and high scoring. Dykes’ former team Louisiana Tech led the nation with 52 points and 578 yards per game last season. This new offensive philosophy is the breath of fresh air that Cal has been lacking over the last few seasons. Dykes will need to find a quarterback to lead the spread offense, but freshman Zach Kline appears to be the favorite. The PAC-12 has become more competitive over the last few seasons, but the hire of Dykes has rejuvenated a Cal program that has faded into PAC-12 obscurity. The Golden Bears will host Ohio State, Oregon State, and USC in Dykes’ rookie season.
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California Golden Bears Football at Cal Memorial Stadium Address: 76 Canyon Rd, Berkeley, California, 94704
The California Golden Bears play their home game at California Memorial Stadium, one of the most picturesque venues in all of college sports. Opened in 1921, and holding over 73,000, the stadium sits directly on top of a fault, and visitors can see how the structure is slowly being pulled apart, as engineers take counteractive measures. California Memorial has seen some crazy plays in its history. Who can forget Roy “Wrong Way” Riegels and his famous fumble recovery and run to the wrong end zone at the Rose Bowl in 1929, or “the Play” in 1982 when the Golden Bears made 5 lateral passes with four seconds left against Stanford to win the game as fans rushed the field? The Cal Golden Bears home bench is on the Cal Memorial Stadium sideline with sections U-Q. Cal Memorial Stadium parking information is covered in our Golden Bears event guide.
Cal vs. Stanford
The “Big Game” is one of the highlights of every PAC 12 season and has one of the best pre-game buildups in the country. With the right to take the “Stanford Axe” back to their side of the bay on the line, this Northern California clash extends through the entire week before the game with pep rallies, bonfires, and outlandish practical jokes. On the field the competition is just as high energy and a must see for fans in California.
Cal vs. UCLA
This series epitomizes the term sibling rivalry. Both of these schools are members of the UC system, both fight over the same recruits, and they even share the same tune to their fight songs. On the field the teams have played over 80 times, including every year since 1933. With such familiarity with each other, this rivalry has no choice but to be fiercely competitive.
California Golden Bears in BCS National Championship, Bowl Games, and Pac 12 Championship
What happens when a team plays their home games at a stadium in which was modeled after the Colosseum in Rome? They win over 625 games! The California Golden Bears are the proud owners of double digit bowl wins and 14, yes 14, Conference Championships. The Pac 12 members are certainly circling their matchup with the Golden Bears on the schedule each and every year. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Pacific 12 Conference Championship Game.
Cal Golden Bears Event Guide
Where can I park at Memorial stadium for Cal Golden Bears football games?
There are a lot of small lots surrounding the stadium but one of the largest and closest lots is in the Underhill Lot at the corner of College Ave and Channing Way. The Underhill lot is close enough to walk to the stadium at about 5 blocks and cost approximately $10 per car. Another good parking option is the Telegraph/Channing Garage, the entrance is at Durant Ave. & Channing Way.
What is the best place to sit for a Cal Golden Bears game?
Premium seating with chairback seats are in sections G & GG. Sections EE, F, FF, H, HH & I offer benchback seating for a little more comfort. These are all on premium yard lines and offer great views.
What is the most popular spot for tailgating before a Cal home Game?
There isn’t one large area to gather for tailgating so the Fun Zone consists of multiple underground parking garages, an area around the faculty club and a few smaller open areas on campus. There might not be one big party, but there are tons a smaller tailgating events going on all over campus.
What time do the gates open prior to a Cal home football game?
Gates to Cal Memorial Stadium open two hours prior to the start of the game.
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