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Memorial Stadium remodeling begins, ESPN showing Cal some love

With the remodeling of Memorial Stadium, Cal is set to split their 2011 home games between AT&T Park and Candlestick Park.

The Bears will host the season-opener against Fresno State at Candlestick.  Games against Presbyterian, Utah, USC, Wazzu, and Oregon State will be played at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

Memorial Stadium is keeping its bowl shaped structure, but reducing the stadium’s capacity from 71,799 to 63,000.  Cal assistant AD Bob Milano Jr. says nobody wanted a double-deck stadium.  The entire renovation is expected to cost $321 million.  

Click here to see photos of the current state of construction at Memorial Stadium.

Cal will get plenty of national exposure this season as the Bears will play back-to-back Thursday night primetime games on ESPN in early-October.   ESPN will be in Eugene when Oregon hosts Cal on October 6th. A week later, ESPN will broadcast the USC vs. Cal game from AT&T Park.

This week, ESPN announced the Cal at Arizona State game to end the regular season has been moved from Saturday to Friday night to allow for a national TV audience.

If PAC-12 commissioner Larry Scott somehow manages to get a national broadcast for the Cal vs. Presbyterian College game, we guess he will immediately receive a 25-year contract extension.  Considering what Scott has been able to do thus far in his brief tenure as commissioner, don't discount it.  

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