That was the theme for Cal's first home game against Nevada at the newly retrofitted California Memorial Stadium!
Within 18 months the stadium was updated and seismically retrofitted to stay standing during a major earthquake (critical since it is located right on the fault line). Last season, loyal fans had to travel to AT&T Park in San Francisco to catch Cal's "home" games. Although the team and fans spent a season away campus, both now have a stadium worthy of being identified as a bear's lair. It amazes me how much time and effort was placed by our Fire Prevention Team on-site to ensure the building was up to code, safety regulations were met, and that the renovation was completed among other construction projects going on throughout campus. Despite the team's loss in their new home, with the final score of 24-31, I was blown away by look and feel of the new stadium and expect more from the team later in the season.
As you you can see from my photos, the stadium was packed and there was a lot of excitement and team spirit in the air. Cal's 3 touchdowns lead to the firing of the Victory Cannon. The marching band did not fail to disappoint during their pre-game show as well as their festival themed half-time show. I enjoyed their version of "Paradise" by Coldplay and "You are Gonna go Far Kid" by The Offspring. More food options were available at the concession stands, even gourmet items!
With all the excitement and new amenities offered at the game, I am starting to feel like I should buy my tickets for the rest of the season!