Football: 49ers propose Cal, Stanford play 2014 Big Game at Levi Stadium — no deal set yet

The 49ers and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority have proposed to Cal and Stanford that the 2014 Big Game be played at the new Levi Stadium, a Cal athletic department official confirmed Friday.

No deal has been agreed upon and both schools would have to sign on. The move to Santa Clara would be a one-time arrangement.

The 2014 Big Game currently is scheduled to be played at Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium. If it’s moved to the 49ers’ new facility, it would be designated a neutral-site game, and the series would resume in 2015 at Berkeley.

There is no date yet for the 2014 Big Game. The Bears and Cardinal square off in this year’s Big Game on Nov. 23 at Stanford Stadium.


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  • Juancho

    9ers are the stanford of the nfl. No thanks.

    The greatness of the rayduhs.

  • ConcordBeat

    Makes zero sense for us to move 2014 Big Game away from Memorial.
    If they want to move 2015 there, fine. Stanford’s tin can band box has zero atmosphere or character anyway.

    Would be bad for Cal students

    Any comment from Sandy Barbour?

  • BlakeStreetBear

    No thanks, the Big Game should be on campus. That is, unless Joe Mixon prefers it… 😉

  • Juancho

    Mixon a fellow Raiders fan.

  • Jabes

    Santa Clara is not a neutral site.

  • EastCoastCalFan

    If Sandy floated this idea, she should be flogged. If it’s just the idiot York family looking to make extra cash, they should be flogged.

    Big Game is on campus, period. If the Niners want to have a game like Cowboys Stadium does every year, and rotate it between Cal, Stunfraud, and SJS, fine. But the Big Game is sacred. End of Story.

  • BlueNGold

    The article that SFGate has on this story says the motive is that the furds want to alternate hosting Notre Dame abd the BG so they do not both occur in the same year, as is now the case. But what does Cal get out of it? After furd reneged on the traditional BG ticket sharing and seating agreement, why do them any favors?

  • southseasbear

    I’m okay with it as long as 2015 and 2016 games are back in Berkeley. Otherwise, stupid idea. Why permanently mess with the tradition that even numbered games are at Cal and odd numbers at Stanford?

  • Eric

    On campus – they come to us, we go to them, and everyone benefits. Rivalry games at neutral sites do poorly. My oldest is starting this year at Colorado. Colorado and CSU play next week at the Broncos’ stadium. They have sold less than 40,000 tickets

  • stay golden

    If the Big Game was at Stanford ..then, yeah!, go for it…….but no way if it’s at Cal.

  • Joshiemac

    This is a horrible idea. In what universe is Santa Clara a neutral site for a team from Palo Alto? I live in the east bay and my alma mater is an east bay school. I should not have to suffer the hell that is the South Bay to see a “home” big game.

    If Cal does this I will never purchase season tickets again. I’ve suffered through the random start times knowing the school really needs the TV cash. But this is worthless and only benefits the ‘Furd. Bad thinking all around.

  • Joshiemac

    There is nothing neutral about the big game. Never has been and never will be. The ‘Furd is an elitist institution founded with money made by exploiting Chinese and Irish railroad labor. Cal is the crown jewel of a public university system founded to help ensure every deserving Californian can get a quality education. The differences started there and have never stopped. Having the big game at a “neutral” site is one of the worst ideas I have ever heard.

  • joey

    It will never happen on Cal’s year. We need fans to pay for our stadium not the 49ers stadium.

  • Papa Bear

    No,no,no. Don’t mess up the “Where is the Big Game played next year?” answer: Standfurd’s odd!

  • Boaltblue

    This loyal Blue, who has resided in the South Bay, does not concede the area to Stanford Junior University. The South Bay is Bear Territory. Nevertheless, there is no good reason to leave our beloved Memorial Stadium to hold the Big Game.