Sept. 5, 2006
BERKELEY - When California football fans visit Berkeley this fall, they will notice a host of improvements that have been designed to enhance their experience at Memorial Stadium.
Most visible is the replacement of 960 damaged bleacher and foot boards, a number far higher than the average 150-200 new boards installed per year previously. The project took eight weeks to complete over the summer and should make watching games more enjoyable for thousands of Golden Bear enthusiasts.
In addition, Cal Athletics has constructed four new concrete disabled platforms at Sections P, PP, R and RR on the East Rim of the stadium, increasing seating to 71 wheelchair and companion seats. The department also built a new disabled entry gate on the north end of the East Rim above Section UU, which will substantially improve circulation for wheelchair guests.
The two "executive" portable toilet trailers, featuring nine restroom facilities each, have been added, as well. One unit will be on the stadium's west side near Section H, with the second trailer on Rim Way just north of Centennial Way.
Other improvements include upgrading several concession trailers, repairing chipped stairs on the north end of the stadium and re-lamping both scoreboards.