Football: AT&T is next year

Amid all the discussion around Cal’s move to AT&T Park, one important detail appears to continue to get mixed up by some fans.

Cal is playing its home games at AT&T Park in 2011, not this upcoming season.

There have been some around the football program who have been surprised how many people think the move to AT&T is for this upcoming season. In a way, it’s somewhat understandable. The announcement was made earlier this month, four months before the 2010 season even gets underway. But the athletic department decided to make the move public now to allow fans to being planning for 2011, and undoubtedly to start drumming up excitement.

But indeed, there still is this season to be played at Memorial Stadium. Coach Jeff Tedford has been one that has consistently heard the mistake being made about the timing of the move, and provided these comments to help ensure people actually show up to Memorial Stadium this season.

“Our football program is focused on preparing for the 2010 campaign. We
still have an entire season to play at Memorial Stadium before we even start thinking about what it will be like at AT&T Park.”

“I would like to reiterate that we’re excited to have the opportunity to
play the 2010 season at Memorial Stadium, before moving to AT&T Park the following year while Memorial Stadium is undergoing renovations. We’re going to need everyone’s support to help make it a great 2010. We look forward to the continued support that creates such a home field advantage.”

So just to clarify: If you show up at AT&T Park on Sept. 4 expecting to see the Cal-UC Davis game, you might get a little lonely (the Giants play at the Dodgers that day, so you won’t even have that going for you).