The Cal rugby team will face Navy on Saturday at Witter Rugby Field at 1:30 p.m., allowing fans attending the Cal Spring Football Experience (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) to make the short walk to watch the Bears’ most successful sports program.
The game is a semifinal in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup National Rugby Championships. The Bears will try to reach the event’s championship match for the third straight year.
Tickets are free for Cal students and current military personnel with ID, $3 for groups of 10 or more, $5 for youth 12-19 and seniors, and $10 for adults. The match will be also livestreamed at Pac-12.com.
The semifinal winner travels to the May 2 Varsity Cup national championship final, televised live on NBC Sports Network from Rio Tinto Stadium outside of Salt Lake City. No. 2 Cal (16-1) or No. 8 Navy (6-4) will face the winner between No. 1 Brigham Young and No. 5 Central Washington, Saurday’s other semifinal matchup in Provo, Utah.
Cal coach Jack Clark expects a challenging match from a familiar foe.
“Over the last 35 years we’ve played Navy in the National Championships more than any other team. They are bit like the old foe,” he said. “We know them well and we respect them as athletes and men. For sure, you always wake up in the morning with your body reminding you of the hard-fought contest.”
PARKING: Parking on Saturday will be difficult because of Cal Day activities, which will bring large numbers of people to the campus. Fans are encouraged to take public transportation and utilize a free shuttle operating every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the east entrance of Evans Hall in the Mining Circle to the Strawberry Recreation Center, a very short walk from the rugby facility on Centennial Avenue.