Access Plan Helps Fans Navigate Memorial Stadium during SAHPC Construction
Aug. 14, 2009
Due to construction of the Student-Athlete High Performance Center adjacent to Memorial Stadium, the University of California Athletic Department has instituted several changes to assist fans with access in and around the facility during football games this fall.
Excavation for the SAHPC, a 142,000-square-foot building that will house offices, locker rooms and other training facilities for 13 intercollegiate sports at Cal, was completed in early August. As a result, several of the gates used by patrons, especially on the west side, have been moved and expanded, while others have been eliminated. In addition, two engineered elevated walkways have been built to help fans enter and exit Memorial Stadium above the construction site.
Because of these modifications, fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they are able to be seated prior to the start of games. Gates will open two hours before kickoff.
A three-color diagram of Memorial Stadium has been created to make it easier for fans to find their correct gate. Patrons are requested to enter and exit through the gates that correspond with their section color.
Entering Memorial Stadium
Fans with tickets in Sections A-G and W-XX (light blue) should enter from the north side through Gates 1 and 2 near Maxwell Family Field, site of the FunZone pregame tailgate party and the gameday ticket booths. Fans in Sections GG-N (dark blue) should enter on the south end at Gates 5, 6 or 7. The easiest entry for those in Sections NN-V (yellow) is via Gates 8, 9 and 10 on the east side of the stadium.
Exiting Memorial Stadium
In most cases, fans should exit through the same gate they entered. Patrons in the yellow sections will be redirected to leave the stadium through all available East Rim gates and exit along Stadium Rimway in lieu of using the outer stairwells. In addition, fans located in the lower rows on the west side of the stadium are requested to walk onto the field once the teams have entered their respective locker rooms and exit through the north or south tunnels.
To help ease pedestrian congestion outside Memorial Stadium, the east side of Piedmont Avenue in front of the stadium will be closed to all vehicle traffic before games, as will Bancroft Way above Piedmont to allow easier access to and from Gate 5. Limited traffic will be allowed on the west side of Piedmont to allow fans with parking permits to access their lots.
New signs outlining the entry and exit plan will be posted around Memorial Stadium, and handouts will be provided to further help facilitate the plan. Athletic Department volunteers will also be stationed around campus to give directions and answer any questions.
Anyone concerned about these changes and how they will impact their gameday experience should contact the Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the Athletic Department works to enhance its facilities for fans and student-athletes.