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View northwest, with Sather Tower in the distance.
California Memorial Stadium is located in Oakland, California
California Memorial Stadium
California Memorial Stadium
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California Memorial Stadium is located in California
California Memorial Stadium
California Memorial Stadium
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California Memorial Stadium is located in the United States
California Memorial Stadium
California Memorial Stadium
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Location76 Canyon Road, Berkeley, California 94704
Coordinates37°52′16″N 122°15′3″W / 37.87111°N 122.25083°W / 37.87111; -122.25083Coordinates: 37°52′16″N 122°15′3″W / 37.87111°N 122.25083°W / 37.87111; -122.25083
Public transitBus interchange Bear Transit from
Bay Area Rapid Transit Downtown Berkeley
OwnerUniversity of California, Berkeley
OperatorUniversity of California, Berkeley
Capacity62,467 (2013–present)[1]
SurfaceFieldTurf (2017–present)[2]
Matrix Turf (2012–2017)
Momentum Turf (2003–2010)
Grass (1995–2002)
AstroTurf (1981–1994)
Grass (1923–1980)
Construction
Broke groundDecember 1922
(site clearing)
July 1, 1923[3]
OpenedNovember 24, 1923; 96 years ago (1923-11-24)
September 1, 2012
(renovation)
Construction cost$1,437,982 (1923)
$321 million (2011)
ArchitectJohn Galen Howard[3]
Baker & Carpenter[3]
George E. Cunningham[3]
General contractorClinton Construction Company[3]
Tenants
California Golden Bears (NCAA)
(1923–present)
California Memorial Stadium
LocationBet. Piedmont Ave., Stadium Rim Way, Canyon Rd., Bancroft Way and Prospect St., Berkeley, California
Built1922
Architectural styleNeoclassicism, Modernism
NRHP reference No.06001086[4]
Added to NRHPNovember 27, 2006

California Memorial Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California. Commonly known as Memorial Stadium, it is the home field for the University of California Golden Bears of the Pac-12 Conference. The venue opened in 1923 and currently seats around 63,000 fans for football.[5] The playing field runs NW-SE, at an elevation of 410 feet (125 m) above sea level.[6] It has been named one of the top college football stadiums by various publications,[7][8] and it was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on November 27, 2006.[4][9]

Memorial Stadium was funded from public contributions, as a memorial to Californians who lost their lives in World War I (1917–18). The chair of the architectural committee was John Galen Howard, the university's chief architect, and his influence is evident in the stadium's neoclassical motif. In addition to its unique architecture, the stadium's position at the foot of the Berkeley hills provides top row spectators with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and west side viewers with views of the Berkeley Hills and Strawberry Canyon. This has earned it a reputation as one of the most scenic venues in college football.

Traditionally, during all football games and especially during the Big Game against Stanford, the hill overlooking the eastern side of Memorial Stadium attracts spectators hoping to watch a game for free, earning the nickname "Tightwad Hill".

  1. ^ "Cal Meets No. 22 Northwestern in 2013 Opener". University of California, Berkeley Athletics. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "New Playing Surfaces at Memorial, Haas". University of California, Berkeley Athletics. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "California Memorial Staidum (Berkeley, California) Historic Landscape Report" (PDF). University of California. March 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-17. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Memorial Stadium". University of California, Berkeley. Archived from the original on March 8, 2007. Retrieved March 17, 2007.
  6. ^ "MSRMaps". MSRMaps. 1996-01-07. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  7. ^ Newcomb, Tim (2018-07-24). "The Top 25 College Football Stadiums". Popular Mechanics. Archived from the original on 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  8. ^ "Top 10 College Football Stadiums". NBC Sports. 2011-08-23. Archived from the original on 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  9. ^ "11.10.2005 – History of Memorial Stadium". berkeley.edu. Retrieved March 5, 2015.

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