Football: AT&T notes

More surrounding Cal’s temporary move to AT&T Park in 2011:

  • Athletic director Sandy Barbour said the reduced capacity will mean less seats allotted for the visiting team.
  • Barbour said they have only just started discussing where season-ticket holders will be seated. She said fans who have bought into the ESP program will get the best seats.
  • Barbour said even if the Oakland Coliseum only had one tenant, AT&T still would have been the choice.
  • Coach Jeff Tedford said now that the venue for 2011 has been selected, the program can move forward trying to schedule the two open dates remaining on the schedule.
  • Tedford is confident the impact will be minimal in terms of how the team prepares for a home game. He said the only difference is the Bears might spend Friday nights in a San Francisco hotel rather than down on the Berkeley marina. He said he doesn’t want to get stuck in a situation where the Bay Bridge is closed for some reason and the team can’t get to the stadium on gameday.
  • Tedford said AT&T Park provided a good home field advantage at the Emerald Bowl because the crowd is right on top of the field. “Usually, I don’t hear much in a stadium because I have the double headsets on,” Tedford said. “But I remember taking my headset off a couple times during the game and it was roaring. It has the ability to get loud in here.”
  • Monday’s announcment isn’t the only thing going on around Cal football. Next week, the staff is being moved out of their offices in Memorial Stadium as the construction heats up. Temporary offices, locker rooms and a weight room have been put up next to Witter Rugby Field.

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.