Bears Could Be
Playing At AT&T Park
By JOHN P. WISE
One Great Season
The mysterious announcement expected at Cal Monday morning probably won’t end up being all that mysterious.
The Golden Bears are expected to announce they’ll play their home games at AT&T Park in San Francisco during the 2011 season.
Cal’s Sports Information Department sent out a release Sunday night announcing Monday’s press conference scheduled to take place at AT&T Park, the home of baseball’s San Francisco Giants. That Giants president Larry Baer will be present Monday helps connects the dots, as does the Cal source who sent a text message to OGS late Sunday night confirming “a stadium announcement.”
Cal has played its home games at historic Memorial Stadium since 1923. In 2005, the school announced a two-stage plan to overhaul its athletic facilities, and just a few months ago approved $321 million to renovate the stadium, a project slated to begin next month and be completed by the 2012 season.
The Golden Bears still have two open dates to fill for the non-league portion of their schedule in September 2011. Same goes for early 2012, but Cal will welcome Big Ten foes Northwestern and Ohio State in September 2013.