Cal fans get a sneak peek at the football team Saturday at Edwards Stadium (the track stadium on Bancroft Ave., west of Haas Pavilion) when the Bears host what they are calling their Spring Football Experience. The event marks the end of spring practice.
Coach Jeff Tedford announced after practice Tuesday that the team will stage essentially a spring game, after all. As recently as Monday, that wasn’t decided. But the coaches held a “draft” to divide the roster into two squads.
“It will be pretty much like a game,” Tedford said. “Unless something really bad happens Thursday (in practice), which we’ll cross our fingers on that, we’ll break up into blue and gold teams and play pretty much a game.”
“I hope there’s a great turnout,” Tedford said. “It’s going to be a great day. We’re going to have some of the NFL guys back, we’re going to have a lot of fan interactive things going on throughout the game, so it should be a fun festive day.”
After the game, players and coaches will be available to sign autographs and take photos with fans.
There will be drawings to win a pair of season tickets, autographed memorabilia and a free trip to Columbus, Ohio, for Cal’s game against Ohio State on Sept. 15. One fan will get the chance to call a play with Tedford during the spring game.
The first 1,500 fans will get free food from the San Francisco Soup Company.
The event is free. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the team begins practice at 11 a.m.