As reported in this story tonight, Cal will apparently play the 2011 football season at AT&T Park while its on-campus Memorial Stadium (pictured right) is undergoing a $320 million renovation.
And that means your Washington Huskies will be the last opponent to play Cal in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium, which according to this official history of the stadium, hasn’t changed greatly, other than things such as renovations to the press box and the playing surface, since it was built 1923.
The Huskies will play at Cal on Nov. 27 this season, the final regular season game for the Bears. It’s a game that was moved back from an original date of Sept. 25 so both teams could open up some room byes in their schedules. Cal then was planned to play Stanford on Dec. 4, but that was moved back to its original date of Nov. 20 a few months ago at the request of the Cardinal, which worried it would conflict with exams (which also caused a change in WSU’s schedule which will have the Cougars having two weeks off before playing the Apple Cup Dec. 4.)
The result of all that maneuvering is that the Huskies will be the final opponent for Cal before its renovation.
Cal is then scheduled to play at UW in 2011, so the Huskies won’t be one of Cal’s opponents for its one season away from home — the renovation is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season, when the Bears would again host UW.
UW is 20-19-1 in Memorial Stadium, memorably winning 10 in a row there from 1977-2001.
(And I’m sure many UW fans will look at this news and mostly wonder why they aren’t hearing anything more about a similar renovation of Husky Stadium. As written a few weeks ago, it is expected that there will be some news forthcoming on that front in the coming weeks).
KEVIN SMITH WINS HOOPS HONOR: Also this weekend is the news that UW signee Kevin Smith, a wide receiver from Centennial High in Compton, was named this weekend to the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Dream Team for basketball (which honors the best local players and is not to be confused with the same newspaper’s Best in the West, which honors the best players up and down the coast).
Here’s a link with the info on Smith, quoting a rival coach as saying simply that “Man, this kid is a terrific athlete.”
May 9, 2010 at 9:52 PM
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