BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Walking through the tunnel to play the first game ever in renovated Memorial Stadium ensures that California’s football season will open with a memorable moment.
Ending a recent run of mediocrity that has seen the Golden Bears slip behind rival Stanford and others in the Pac-12 power structure would make for a memorable season.
The Bears spent last season as nomads as their on-campus stadium was completely overhauled. They practiced on a nearby rugby field, worked out and had offices in temporary trailers and played their games across San Francisco Bay at AT&T Park, the home of baseball’s Giants.
Now they have a $150 million on-campus High Performance Center attached to the stadium that got a $321 million facelift and will be ready shortly for practice and for the season’s first game on Sept. 1 against Nevada.