The Big Game will remain in Berkeley.
Despite reports last week indicating that the annual game between the Stanford Cardinal and California Golden Bears will be played in Levi’s Stadium in 2014, Cal has announced that game will be played at Memorial Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus.
After last week’s news came out, Bears’ supporters voiced their displeasure, crying foul over the fact that they would not be able to host the Big Game, instead having to travel to Santa Clara.
“I really hope there’s a good explanation for why we would have to surrender a traditional home game that means so much to our fans, our alums and our students, especially when we’ve just finished renovating our stadium,” Nadesan Permaul, the former president of the Cal Alumni Association, told the San Francisco Chronicle. ”I think fans would accept it if they understood. Otherwise, it’s going to be a big disappointment.”
On Thursday, Bears’ Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour published a letter on the Cal website stating that the game would not be moved.
In arriving at this decision, we studied a wide range of factors, including the competitive balance of our home schedule, the student-athlete experience and the game-day environment for our fans, as well as short- and long-term financial implications,” she said. “We reached out to a number of our alumni, students, donors and ticket holders, and we received valuable feedback from them. In addition, many other fans expressed their views, and we listened to — and are grateful for — what they told us.”