Football: AT&T quickies

I am working on my story for the paper and will have more later, but here are some quick notes from today’s press conference announcing Cal will play its 2011 home games at AT&T Park.

  • Unlike the Emerald Bowl, the configuration will be changed to have teams on opposite sidelines. In the previous configuation, teams had to share one sideline.
  • Extra bleachers will be added to make the capacity 45,000. The sellout crowd for the 2008 Emerald¬† Bowl in which Cal beat Miami was 42,268.
  • Athletic director Sandy Barbour acknowledged the biggest disadvantage with AT&T Park is the smaller seating capacity, but said all of the other advantages outweighed the Oakland Coliseum or Candlestick Park. She also said AT&T Park offered the best financial model.
  • Jeff Tedford said now that the site for 2011 home games has been determined, it should speed up the process of filling the two remaining open home dates on the schedule.
  • Giants president Larry Baer said in the event the Giants make the 2011 postseason and a home conflicts with Cal, the Bears will have to find a different venue.
  • Baer said the Giants hope to make AT&T Park feel as much like the new Memorial Stadium as possible in terms of the amenities and atmosphere.


More to come….

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • abe

    great, i was never a fun of the Giants, GO A’s, and now i have a good reason to root against them in ’11.

  • michias

    So many questions….
    Where will non-ESP season ticket holders be seated?
    Will we get to know where our seats will be before we commit to tickets?
    If we don’t like the seats(or anything else, e.g. parking costs) can we opt out and keep our season tickets when we return to Memorial?
    Speaking of parking, will we get the same deal as at Memorial or will we have to pay AT&T parking prices?
    Will they sell alcoholic beverages — no can do at Memorial?

    That’s all I can think of now but I’m sure there’ll be more.

  • josef


  • takeoffthatredshirt

    this is good news (maybe biased because I live in SF). it’s better than the oakland coliseum, which is the only other realistic option.

    sure it’s smaller, but more fans than seats is not a bad problem for Cal for one year.

    if there is a baseball conflict, hopefully oakland is open, since the NFL won’t play on saturday that early in the year.

  • takeoffthatredshirt


    the $8.75 microbrews won’t be flowing at Cal games – no booze at college sports, even the ncaa tourney.

    not sure about bowl games. those are privately owned, maybe someone here went to the fabulous Emerald Bowl and can answer this.

  • Bears

    I really hope they allow beer served at Cal football games. It should be sold!
    Don’t forget standing room only tickets. I bet there will be more than 50K tickets sold at AT&T for the majority of Cal football games.
    It will be a great atmosphere, especially if the new configuration turns out to be as good as advertised!

  • Boaltblue

    Former USC football star Brian Cushing was suspended by the NFL last week for violating its steroid policy. Cushing admitted that he took a non-steroid performance-enhancing banned substance, but declined to name the substance he took. The story reports that Cushing has been taking the substance for the last 10-15 years, so it appears that he was on the substance while playing at USC. For the story see: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Akp8t4O_mIlEihsiouEKFHY5nYcB?slug=ap-cushing-suspension


    Perhaps USC should change its name to the University of Banned Substances, Cash, and Cars.

  • Dan

    Actually, not true about beer being banned at NCAA games- SDSU has had beer sold at their games for years- you need to be able to root for the Aztecs in person. True fact though.

  • Eric

    I bought beer at the pac-10 tournament @ Staples. So in 2011, Let There Be Beer.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Michias, Barbour said discussions are just beginning about where to seat the ESP folks. They obviously had to secure the site first so they couldn’t plan too much of that before this week. I believe the rest of your questions are still yet to be worked out as well.
    Josef, as my note said, if there is a conflict with postseason baseball, Cal will have to find another venue.