The start of the academic year in the fall also signals the beginning of the athletic schedules for many of the Golden Bear sports teams. There are a host of opportunities to catch Cal in action with 30 different intercollegiate programs competing on campus and the West Coast.
Cal’s football team began its season in late August and has several big matchups remaining in California Memorial Stadium, including Homecoming Weekend when Oregon State visits Berkeley on Oct. 19. The game will also feature an Oski bobblehead giveaway for the first 10,000 fans. The Washington State contest on Nov. 9 will be Pride Day. Roughly 10,000 Jared Goff bobbleheads will be handed out for the home finale against USC on Nov. 16. All fans are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy Tailgate Town on Maxwell Family Field, which features food, drinks, activities for kids and a pregame concert every week. Check CalBears.com/gameday for all your information.
Memorial Stadium isn’t the only place where you can watch the Bears. Cal volleyball, under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Crosson, will be aiming to move up the Pac-12 ladder and seek a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Matches are held at Haas Pavilion through November, with the conference opener on Thursday, Sept. 26 vs. Stanford.
Cal’s men’s and women’s soccer teams have a full slate of games scheduled at Edwards Stadium, while field hockey (on Underhill Field) and men’s water polo (at Spieker Aquatics Complex) add to the chances to cheer on the Bears. In November, Cal’s two basketball teams will begin new eras under new head coaches – Mark Fox for the men and Charmin Smith for the women. Both bring exciting brands of play to Haas Pavilion.
Next summer features the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and the Bears should be well-represented once again. Over its history, Cal athletes have won over 200 medals, including 117 gold. Four years ago in Rio, the Bears came home with a total of 21 medals. One of the best venues to catch possible Olympians is at Spieker Aquatics Complex where the men’s and women’s swimming teams compete. Men’s coach David Durden will lead the U.S. men in Tokyo, while women’s coach Teri McKeever was the U.S. women’s coach at the London Games in 2012. Both squads host several meets during the fall and winter.
For more information on Cal Athletics, including schedules and ticket information, visit CalBears.com or call (800) GO BEARS.