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2015 WeAreSC Travel Guide: At Cal – The Bay Area Weekender

GAME EIGHT – AT CALIFORNIA (BAY AREA WEEKENDER)

OCT. 31: 12:00 p.m.
Televised: FOX
Location: Berkeley
Stadium: Memorial Coliseum
Capacity: 62,467
Surface: Natural Grass
Seating Chart: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/cal/genrel/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/2012_cms_map.pdf
Tickets: 800-GO-BEARS

Projected Berkeley Weather Forecast: The projected temperature on Saturday in Berkeley will be sunny with a high of 76 and a low of 56 degrees.

Websites: calbears.com/usctrojans.com

DIRECTIONS TO MEMORIAL STADIUM:

From Westbound Highway 24:

To Memorial Stadium
Take the Berkeley/Tunnel Road exit. Continue west on Tunnel Road and it becomes Ashby Avenue. Turn right at Claremont Avenue, and then bear left as it turns into Belrose. Follow Belrose until you are forced to make a left at Derby. Take a right at the stop sign onto Warring. Merge left from Warring onto Piedmont. The stadium is approximately 1/8 of a mile up on your right.

From Eastbound Highway 24:

To Memorial Stadium
Exit at 51st Street and Telegraph Avenue. Turn right on 51st street. Turn left at second light onto Telegraph. Follow Telegraph approximately two miles. Turn right onto Dwight Way. Turn left at second light onto Piedmont Avenue. Follow Piedmont approximately 1/4 of a mile to the stadium.

From I-80 (Towards San Francisco or Sacramento):

To Memorial Stadium

Exit right onto University Avenue. Head east on University towards campus. Follow University approximately 2.5 miles. Turn left on Oxford Street. Turn right at second light onto Hearst Street. Turn right at second light onto Gayley Road. Follow Gayley approximately 1/4 of a mile to the stadium.

Highway 13 Northbound (Towards Berkeley):

To Memorial Stadium
Freeway ends and turns into Tunnel Road. Continue west on Tunnel as it becomes Ashby Avenue. Turn right at Claremont Avenue, and then bear left as it turns into Belrose. Follow Belrose until you are forced to make a left at Derby. Take a right at the stop sign onto Warring. Merge left from Warring onto Piedmont. The stadium is approximately 1/8 of a mile up on your right.

Friday night – Oct. 30

USC Pep Rally in Civic Center Plaza (San Francisco) – 7 p.m.

Normally held at Union Square, the pep rally, according to the official Spirit of Troy website, is moving to the Civic Center Plaza across from the historic San Francisco City Hall. One of the true highlights of the Bay Area Weekender, the Trojans Marching Band, under the direction of the legendary Arthur C. Bartner, and USC Song Girls will spearhead the pep rally, which should be rocking.

Saturday – Oct. 31

Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips

Cal Campus – One of the more beautiful campuses in the country, the only drawback is that the campus is extremely hilly. Memorial Stadium rests on top of a hill, but the view from the top of the stadium to the west overlooking the San Francisco Bay can be spectacular if there is no fog or haze. On the east side of Memorial Stadium is Tightwad Hill, which allow fans to watch the game from a distance and for free.

Tailgate/Parking: There really is no room to tailgate on the Berkeley campus, and parking can be a real problem. You’re best bet is to either park around the local neighborhood or there are a number of churches that charge a reasonable amount. If you park locally, it will be a long walk to the stadium and it’s uphill. At night, it can be a challenge to find your car. Now if you’re going to doing anything that remotely looks like tailgating, bring it in a bag.

Cal Fan Fest: “Tailgate Town” opens at 9 a.m. on Maxwell Family Field, adjacent to the north entrance of Memorial Stadium. Admission is free. It’s a gathering place for fans from both teams and includes:

  • Beer garden and concessions
  • Bounce house, inflatable games, caricature and face painting
  • Watch the KGO 810AM pregame show live with special guests
  • Interactive activities

Cal Bears Walk: March to Victory, Cal’s equivalent to the Trojans Walk, is held at Piedmont Avenue across the street from the Haas School of Business, approximately 2.5 hours prior to kickoff. The Cal Band, Cheerleaders, Dance Team, Mic Men, Oski and the Rally Committee line the walk-way, as the Cal team arrives by bus and goes up the grand staircase, and into the stadium.

Trojan Walk – The Trojans busses should arrive at Memorial Stadium at approximately 9:30 a.m. Get there early because the parking lot area is very small and with a large fan turnout it becomes a very condensed area.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurant

 Lefty O’Doul’s

Union Square

333 Geary St.

San Francisco, Cal 94102

415-982-8900



Greg Katz
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Greg Katz

Now in his 58th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football staff writer covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.


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