Aug. 17, 2012
BERKELEY - As much as Golden Bear fans are anticipating a return to Memorial Stadium to watch Cal football compete on the field this season, several special events celebrating a return to the historic venue are designed to have them eager to find their seats, as well. A pregame ribbon cutting will take place when the Bears host Nevada Sept. 1, and the stadium will have its official rededication at halftime of the Cal-UCLA game Oct. 6.
Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early for the noon start between Cal and Nevada for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will officially reopen the stadium. Scheduled to run in conjunction with the California Marching Band pregame show beginning about 20 minutes before kickoff, the event will feature alumni representatives and flag bearers from each of the University's graduating classes dating back to 1873. A unique presentation on the two new video screens is being produced, and the show will conclude when the Cal football team runs out of the north tunnel for the first time in 2012.
The Cal-UCLA game held during Homecoming Weekend includes a halftime show fans will not want to miss. When the second quarter ends, all ticket holders are asked to remain in their seats to participate in a first-of-its-kind experience in the history of the facility - a stadium-wide card stunt. Long a tradition in the student section dating back more than 100 years, this will be the first card stunt that will include every ticket holder inside the stadium.
The Cal and UCLA bands will then perform together for the first time in many years before Memorial Stadium receives its official rededication, a ceremony that is expected to include dignitaries from across the state and country. When the facility first opened in 1923, it was dedicated to all Californians who lost their lives in the Great War (or World War I as we know it today). In 2012, the stadium will be rededicated in memory of all Californians who have lost their lives in war.
The Homecoming Weekend concludes with a stadium open house on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 2-4 p.m. Visitors will enter through the north tunnel and will be able to take a self-guided tour, including all three club levels and the Hall of Fame Room on the west side. Docents will be stationed throughout to answer any questions.
Additional promotions will be offered throughout the year, including a 30th anniversary celebration of The Play when Cal hosts Stanford Oct. 20. Visit the promotions page at CalBears.com for more information.
To purchase tickets to Cal football, click on the tickets link at CalBears.com, call (800) GO BEARS (462-3277), or visit the Sales and Service Center located in Haas Pavilion Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Gates to Memorial Stadium open two hours prior to kickoff.
Times listed as TBA will be announced after television selections are made, typically 12 days in advance of the game