Cal Football Will Face AT&T Park Scheduling Conflict If Giants Reach NLCS
The Univ. of California’s football team is scheduled to play its home games at AT&T Park this season while Memorial Stadium undergoes a $321M renovation, and the team's Oct. 13 game against USC "would fall during the National League Championship Series," according to Ivan Maisel of ESPN.com. Cal football coach Jeff Tedford Thursday said, “If the Giants go deep into the playoffs, there could be a couple of games there that could overlap. That would be an interesting problem to have at that point.” Maisel noted the USC-Cal game is “the only one at issue.” Utah is scheduled to play at Cal on Oct. 22, the date of Game 3 of the World Series. But since the NL won the All-Star Game, Game 3 “will be played in the park” of the AL champion. Cal AD Sandy Barbour in an e-mail said, “We are currently working with all of the alternative facilities (Candlestick Park and Oakland Coliseum) to secure a backup in case of a conflict” (ESPN.com, 7/28).
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: In Oakland, Jonathan Okanes noted Cal's new Student-Athlete High Performance Center “is nearing completion, and the football stadium is also coming along.” The 142,000 square-foot SAHPC, which “is being constructed at the cost of $150 million in private donations and is adjacent to Memorial Stadium, will be home to all of Cal's football facilities.” The SAHPC has been under construction since the fall of '08 and “is supposed to open in October, but the football team likely will hold off moving in until after its season is complete.” A renovated Memorial Stadium “is scheduled to open in time for the 2012 season” (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/28).