Aug. 25, 2012
BERKELEY - The Cal football team had the opportunity to meet and hang out with the fans that support them during the team's annual Fan Appreciation Day held Saturday at Haas Pavilion and on Spieker Plaza. After an early morning workout at Memorial Stadium, the Golden Bears trekked down the hill for the event and spent more than two hours signing autographs and posing for photos with fans.
"Fan Appreciation Day was amazing," C.J. Anderson said. "Just tell the fans I said `Go Bears' and that No. 9 will be ready to play and lay my heart down every day. Let's win."
Freshman linebacker Hardy Nickerson also enjoyed his first Fan Appreciation Day. "I loved it," Nickerson said. "Getting to know our fans and meet them personally was awesome. I enjoyed seeing all the fans coming out to support us."
"I think a special day like today is important because we won't always have the time after games to interact with fans," Nickerson added. "But they are so important. It's great to connect with them. There were some serious diehards out there today. We'll be working hard to bring them the wins."
The finishing touches continue to be put on the team's renovated home in preparation for the season opener against Nevada next Saturday, Sept. 1 (Noon PT). The contest will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks, and the radio broadcast will be available on the Cal IMG Sports Radio Network with KGO 810 in San Francisco serving as the flagship station.
Tickets for Cal's return to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012 are currently on sale by calling (800) GO BEARS (800-462-3277), online at CalBears.com, or in person at the Sales and Service Center located in the Haas Pavilion Club Room Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT. More season-ticket information is available at CalBears.com. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium, visit californiamemorialstadium.com.
In addition to the Sept. 1 season-opener vs. Nevada, Cal's 2012 seven-game home schedule includes contests against Pac-12 foes Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference game against Southern Utah.