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AT&T Park to host college football games

May 12, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

AT&T Park football.jpgU.C. Berkeley is renovating its football stadium in 2011, and the Golden Bears need a place to squat for a year. They could go to the Oakland Coliseum, which happens to be nearby and happens to host football already, or they could go to Candlestick Park which, while farther away, has a full-time football configuration these days.

Nope, they’d rather bunk with the San Francisco Giants:


Of the three venues, AT&T Park has by far
the smallest football capacity (45,000). Candlestick holds 69,732, while
the Coliseum can accommodate 63,132. But athletic director Sandy Barbour said all of
the advantages that AT&T Park provides outweigh the potential for
smaller
crowds, especially because the move is for only
one season.

They lay the reasons all out, but they all seem to be euphemisms for “it’s just so much more fashionable to be in San Francisco than in the East Bay!”

Here’s hoping for a World Series with yardlines going across the outfield. We haven’t had one of those for a while.

  1. tjwilliams - May 12, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    The 1991 Twins approve.
    http://blog.lib.umn.edu/song0140/twinsgogo/IMG_2228.JPG

  2. Paul - May 12, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Well, AT&T park is far and away the nicest venue of the three. And given I’d rather not have the A’s field of play messed up more than it already is by the Raiders, I don’t see the issue.

  3. David - May 12, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    All the more ammo for Lew Wolfe. Fans don’t want to come see baseball in a baseball/football venue and Cal confirms that fans don’t want to see football in a venue designed for football. The common theme, people don’t want to see sports in the Coliseum

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