Nov. 19, 2010
BERKELEY - With the Cal football team set to play at San Francisco's AT&T Park for the 2011 season, donation deposits on new season tickets are now being accepted. For a minimum $50 per-seat donation, fans can secure their opportunity to purchase seats for all Golden Bear games next fall.
Current season-ticket holders and participants in the Endowment Seating Program (ESP) do not need to act at this time as they are already guaranteed the right to buy tickets for the 2011 campaign. However, they may improve their priority-points level by increasing their gifts.
A special website - CalFootballSF.com - has been launched that contains complete information about games at AT&T Park, including the ticket pricing and donation structure, views from seat locations, and answers to other frequently asked questions. The site also allows those who want to become new season ticket holders to make an immediate donation deposit to register them for the ticket selection process.
Donation deposits count as a tax-deductible donation to Cal Athletics through the Bear Backer Office. The donation deposits, which must be received by the Bear Backer Office by Jan. 31, 2011 to guarantee seat selection priority, are non-refundable and cannot be applied toward the cost of tickets.
For those who did not purchase season tickets for the current 2010 season, deposits can be made through a special online link and should be referenced as a "Donation Deposit." Money raised will be directed to the Cal Athletics Annual Fund. Current season ticket holders and donors who would like to increase their priority points should make their gifts here.
In February 2011, fans will be able to choose their seats through an on-line selection process and will be assigned a time to select their location based on priority points accumulated through donations, season-ticket history, and alumni and letterwinner status.
Reserved season tickets are either $225 or $300 for the full year with discounts available for UC Berkeley faculty and staff and New Alumni (UC Berkeley graduates from 2007-11), as well as a special price in level 300 sections for seniors and youth. Cal student tickets will go on sale in the spring of 2011.
While California Memorial Stadium is undergoing a renovation next fall, the Golden Bears will play their home games across the Bay before returning to campus in the fall of 2012. In the first year of action in the new Pac-12 Conference, Cal will host four league opponents - USC, Utah, Oregon State and Washington State - as well as host a to-be-determined non-conference opponent, for a total of five home games. With a capacity of just over 45,000 seats at AT&T Park, demand for tickets is expected to be high.
Cal's first home game of 2011 will be on Sept. 17 against an opponent still to be named. The Bears then return to AT&T Park to host USC on Thursday, Oct. 13 before taking on Utah Oct. 22. Cal's final two contests in San Francisco will be vs. Washington State on Nov. 5 and Oregon State on Nov. 12.