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2019 WeAreSC Travel Guide: Game 11: CALIFORNIA (Bay Area Weekender)

USC TROJANS (6-4, 5-2 PAC-12 South)/ CAL BEARS (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12 North)

NOV. 16: 8 p.m. PT
Televised: FS1
Location: Berkeley
Stadium: Memorial Stadium (photo above)
Capacity: 62,467
Surface: Field Turf
Seating Chart: Seating Chart: (see below) http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/cal/genrel/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/2012_cms_map.pdf

Tickets: 800-GO-BEARs

The opening line: The Trojans opened a 6-point favorite over Cal.

Projected Saturday Berkeley Weather Forecast: Sunny with a high of 68, low of 49, 69 percent humidity, 10 percent precipitation. Take into account the game is at night.

Not far from Berkeley across the Bay Bridge is romantic San Francisco (photo above) and it many attractions like the historic cable cars. Trojans fans are encouraged to attend the Friday night Union Square Pep Rally at 7 p.m.

Websites: calbears.com / usctrojans.com


From Westbound Highway 24: 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 righ

From Eastbound Highway 24: 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): 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):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.

The BART (rail transportation to Memorial Stadium): Take BART to the Rockridge or Downtown Berkeley stations. For fares, routes, maps and more, visit BART.gov

Shuttle Information

Free gameday shuttles will be available from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station only*. The shuttle pick up location is located on Shattuck Avenue in front of Bank of America building and will drop patrons at the Greek Theater. Postgame shuttles will originate on Bancroft Avenue and return patrons to the Downtown Berkeley BART station. 

Shown in the daytime, Cal’s Memorial Stadium (photo above) will be the site of a rare late night game (8 p.m.) when the Trojans take on the Cal Bears.

Friday night – Nov. 15

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

One of the true highlights of the Bay Area Weekender, the Trojans Marching Band, under the direction of the legendary Arthur C. Bartner, who is making his last Friday night ally since he is retiring after this football season. The USC Song Girls will spearhead a pep rally in UN Plaza at 7 p.m. Dr. Bartner will get the fans fired up and expect to see a celebrity or two come to the microphone. Expect to see a lot of onlookers that will be made up of the curious and even some Bears fans. The sound of the Trojans Marching Band bouncing off the buildings will bring chills, as will the expected cool, November temperature of a San Francisco evening. UN Plaza is located at 355 McAllister St., San Francsico.

Normally the Friday night Bay Area Pep Rally has been held at Union Square. However, Friday night’s rally will be held at UN Plaza (photo above), 355 McAllister St., San Francisco. The rally start will remain at 7 p.m.

Saturday – Nov. 16

Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips

Cal Campus – It’s a battle of the Trojans still trying to get to the Pac-12 title game and Cal needing one more win to be bowl eligible, and it’s not often the Berkeley campus has a kickoff this late (8 p.m.).One of the more beautiful campuses in the country, the only drawback is that the place is extremely hilly. Memorial Stadium rests on top of a hill in an area called Strawberry Canyon, and the daytime view from the top of the stadium to the west overlooking the San Francisco Bay in the distance can be spectacular if there’s no fog or haze. However, this is a night game and things can change considerably. On the east side of Memorial Stadium is Tightwad Hill, which allow fans to watch the game from a distance and for free. Since this is a night game, bundle up, it’s going to be chilly. If the sky is clear, the bright lights of San Francisco could be worth viewing from the top of the stadium.

Fans attending Saturday night’s game at Cal will get the chance to visit the campus (photo above) prior to the night game at Memorial Stadium.


Parking will be $40 in the following UC controlled lots, payable to the parking attendant on site via credit card only.

Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express cards are all accepted. 

Genetics Garage (Oxford St/Berkeley Way) (link is external)

Lower Hearst Structure Level 2 (Hearst Ave/Scenic Ave) (link is external)

Lower Sproul Garage (Bancroft Way/Telegraph Ave) (link is external) (Not Available on 11/9/19 game day)

Additionally, the following non-UC parking lots and garages offer public parking near campus and in downtown Berkeley. Cost varies by event:

Berkeley Way near Shattuck Avenue

Allston Way near Shattuck Avenue

Durant Avenue near Telegraph Avenue

Bancroft Way near Bowditch Street

Nearby campus fraternities and sororities along Warring St or Channing Ave

Berkeley High School at 2000 Bancroft Way (@ Milvia), with entrances on both Durant Avenue and Bancroft Way

Memorial Stadium Bag Policy: Approved bags include clear tote bags, plastic storage bags, and small clutch bags

Cal Fan Fest: Tailgate Town at Maxwell Family Field is the official pregame tailgate location for every Cal home football game. Tailgate Town opens three hours prior to kickoff on Maxwell Family Field, adjacent to the north entrance of Memorial Stadium. Admission is free for all fans!

  • Beer garden and concessions
  • Kids Zone 
  • Cornhole, Giant Jenga and other fun games
  • Tables and Seating for the Public
  • Sponsor giveaways and activities
  • Pregame Concert Series: Nov. 16 vs. USC – Wonder Bread 5 

Memorial Stadium

California Memorial Stadium gates open two hours prior to kickoff.  Guests may enter the stadium at the gate of their choosing.

Ride-Shares: Postgame you can pick-up an Uber or Lyft at the corner of Dana Street and Bancroft Way.

Cal Bears Walk: A Cal football tradition, March to Victory takes place approximately 2 hours before kickoff of each home game. The team will march up the Haas Grand Staircase and into the stadium through Gate 1. Golden Bear fans form a human tunnel outside the north end of Memorial Stadium to cheer on the team as it marches into their locker room.

The UC Berkeley campus (photo above) can be a beautiful sight in the daytime and arriving early to the game gives fans a chance to observe campus life.

Trojan Walk – The Trojans team busses should arrive at Memorial Stadium at approximately 5:15 p.m. Get there early because the parking lot area is very small and with a large fan turnout, it becomes a very congested area.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurant

Pappy’s Grill & Sports Bar: 2367 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 408-858-9464

Greg Katz
Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th 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 columnist 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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