Cal’s visit to Levi’s Stadium to face Oregon on Friday, Oct. 24 may not be the Bears’ only trek to the South Bay in coming years.
Coach Sonny Dykes, while acknowledging he’d prefer never to take a home game out of Memorial Stadium, conceded it could happen again.
“I don’t know. That’s going to be something we have to talk about with our new leadership, to figure out where we’re going moving forward,“ Dykes said during Wednesday’s Bay Area College Football Media Day at the 49ers’ new home facility.
The problem is that all schools in the Pac-12 are required by the current media rights agreement to play two weeknight home games every three years. That creates a severe challenge for Cal, where parking on campus is limited. Spaces used by fans on Saturdays are taken by students, faculty and staff during the week.
“You always want to play games in your own stadium. We have one of these best venues, if not the best, in college football,” Dykes said. “Moving a game from that venue, there’s got to be a reason for it.
“This year, there’s clearly a reason, Playing on a weeknight in Berkeley is a very difficult thing to do because of classes and parking.”