Dec. 28, 2011
SAN DIEGO - The California faithful have taken over the city of San Diego as the Cal football team prepares to meet Texas in the 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium Wednesday night.
The Golden Bear fans have been treated to a week's worth of events, including a pep rally at the team hotel where head coach Jeff Tedford and the entire team entered the ballroom where the event was held and spoke to the fans, thanking them for coming and encouraging them to come out in full force for the game.
The Gaslamp district in downtown San Diego has been overtaken by a sea of blue and gold, as Cal fans walked the city streets, ringing out cheers and singing Cal songs, sometimes even being joined by the Cal band.
On Tuesday night, The California Alumni Association held an event at the Fox Sports Grill in the team hotel that was sold out, filled to the max with Cal fans. Cal Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour and Chancellor Robert Birgeneau were both on hand to thank the fans for coming and to encourage them to keep the bowl spirit ablaze.
Eight thousand tickets have been sold from the Cal ticket allotment, and many more Bear fans are expected to pack in Qualcomm Stadium by kickoff. Cal fans from Northern California, Southern California and all over the country are reuniting tonight to hopefully see the Bears defeat Texas for the first time in school history. Former players will be in attendance, as well, including members of the 2004 team.
At tonight's game, Cal fans have been encouraged to participate in a "Blue Out" of Qualcomm Stadium, wearing nothing but blue colors. The Bears are hoping to see a sea of nothing but blue in the seats to counteract the burnt orange of Texas.
While the winning the game will be difficult for the Cal football team, there is no difficulty in getting the Cal faithful to support the Bears at any bowl game, especially the Holiday Bowl.