Football: Memorial Stadium renovation progressing, but has a ways to go

I got my second tour of Memorial Stadium on Thursday, and the place looked substantially different than it did when I visited in April.

The $321 million project is not done — not close –but Cal officials are supremely confident it will be in time for the Bears’ Sept. 1 opener vs. Nevada.

Project manager Bob Milano laid out the timetable for what’s left to do, including when the new artificial turf will be laid.

He said that should be done by Aug. 15 — in time for the football team to get several practices in on the field before the opener.

I’ll tell you this: The place is going to be impressive. The concourse — level 3 — is two to three times as wide as in the old stadium. The views through open arches — blocked for decades — provide postcard vistas of the Bay.

Here’s my story and a photo slide show by Ross Cameron.

Jeff Faraudo

  • rollonubears

    YES!!! thanks for the report!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Picture #9 is prophetic and will be closer to reality as your season of misery unfolds.

  • covinared

    don’t worry, they already put in your glory hole.

  • Will

    LOL HAHAHAHAHAHAA good one Covina.

  • BlueNGold

    ‘prophetic’? Coming from the clueless fool who picks Cal to lose every game, how would you even know what ‘prophetic’ means, much less identify a representation of it?

    BTW, AP is carrying a story about Cal Tech getting hit with NCAA sanctions for fielding ineligible players. The article made reference to the long standing losing streaks some of its teams enjoy, and the response to the NCAA action was ‘who do they think we are, SC?’ HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • 707 Bear

    Negativity Alert:

    “Barbour said close to 30,000 season tickets have been sold, generating more than $1 million of revenue beyond the total for season tickets in 2011, when Cal played at AT&T Park.

    Final figures for the fiscal quarter that ended June 30 on Endowment Seating Program (ESP) sales for Field Club, Stadium Club and University Club seats are not yet available, Cal officials said.

    Sales of those tickets on a 50-year basis are targeted to eventually pay about $270 million of the debt for the privately funded project. As of March 31, ESP sales had generated only $35 million.”

    This is not good! The most expensive college stadium construction project and it’s not half full with 50 days until kickoff.

    I’ll be there, but…….

    Go Bears

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Please schedule more cupcakes like Presbyterian. That is the solution to the ills.