Dec. 13, 2010
BERKELEY - Cal and Fresno State will open their respective 2011 football seasons with a neutral-site non-conference game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 3. Russ Potts Productions and WFI Stadium, Inc. will serve as the game's promoters. Information on tickets, telecast and kickoff time will be announced at later dates.
The neutral-site game at Candlestick Park is not part of the recently announced 2011 season ticket package for five home games at AT&T Park. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for Cal vs. Fresno State at a later date.
"We're pleased to have come to an agreement to open our 2011 football season with a quality opponent such as Fresno State," said Cal Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour. "This is certainly a game with tremendous regional appeal that matches a pair of strong football programs. We believe fans of both schools and college football throughout the state of California will strongly support this event."
"We look forward to playing Fresno State to open our 2011 campaign," said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. "They are certainly a formidable opponent with an outstanding football tradition. This should be a highly competitive game and fun for fans of both schools."
Tedford played quarterback in 1981 and 1982 for the Bulldogs, earning honorable mention All-American quarterback honors in his 1982 senior campaign. He was also a member of the Fresno State coaching staff for six seasons from 1992-97, serving his final five years as offensive coordinator.
The teams have met on two previous occasions with Fresno State winning both games. The Bulldogs were a 25-24 winner at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 9, 1995, before registering a 17-3 triumph over the Bears in Fresno the last time the clubs played on Sept. 23, 2000.
The announcement adds to Cal's slate of 2011 conference games announced by the Pac-12 last month.
Cal will play its first two Pac-12 games on the road - at Washington on Saturday, Sept. 24 and at Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 6. The game against the Ducks will be televised live nationally by ESPN.
The Bears will then make their 2011 conference home debut against USC in another ESPN-nationally televised contest on Thursday, Oct. 13 at San Francisco's AT&T Park, where the Bears are scheduled to play five home contests next season before returning to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012.
Cal will also host Utah on Saturday, Oct. 22, before returning to the road to take on UCLA at The Rose Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 29.
The Bears play their final two home games of the season the following two Saturdays with back-to-back contests against Washington State (Nov. 5) and Oregon State (Nov. 12).
Cal wraps up its 2011 regular season with back-to-back road contests on the final two Saturdays of November, visiting Stanford for the 114th Big Game (Saturday, Nov. 19) and Arizona State (Saturday, Nov. 26).
The Bears will play in the North Division of the Pac-12, which will add Colorado and Utah to its membership on July 1, 2011. Other North Division members will include Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State. Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC and Utah will comprise the South Division.
Cal's remaining two non-conference games scheduled for September 10 (away) and 17 (home) will be announced at a later date.
2011 REGULAR-SEASON CAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
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