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Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

I hear there's a large stadium in Athens that's been empty since the summer of 2004 and it would probably cost less than McAfee Coliseum. Oh wait, Greece has earthquakes too. Nevermind, let's just scrap Cal football altogether.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Bad idea. Why not move all of the East Bay off the Hayward fault? Let's start with you guys.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

"...But as usual, the most important element of the story — the true folly of the university's plan — went unnoticed." Indeed it did. Attending a football game at Cal is special in large part because it is a collegiate experience. Remove the "college" and you're left with something considerably diminished. Cal’s vibrance sets it apart. A vibrance fueled in part by the unique proximity of the various elements that make up one’s college experience - the living, and studying and playing that make up college life. My days at Cal, were greatly enhanced by its athletic programs and to consider that a facility so central to that experience could be so casually relocated across town reveals an ignorance so elemental to be considered folly – true folly. One can only wonder your suggestion should Doe Library become seismically compromised.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Chris Thompson is, I believe, a Cal alum. Though I think he was never much of a football fan. Chris, try to imagine what playing at Oakland Coliseum would be like: --Less than half the students who currently attend will bother to make the long journey down BART. --Alumni/homecoming weekend will be dramatically hurt. --Local businesses will suffer from those 7 weekends of year of big business. --If we played in Oakland, this year, for instance, Tennessee Volunteer fans won't need to step foot in Berkeley at all. --If, god forbid, we ever suffer a pre-Tedford-like down year, the stands will become empty. With the stadium right on campus, there is at least an incentive to attend games.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

A not-so-bright article for a not-so-bright idea.. You obviously didn't graduate from Cal. Get away from the sensationalized claims and foolhardy ignorance and you'll see quite a different picture. For example, "it works for UCLA"??? Depends on who you ask and your opinion certainly does not equate to fact. The situation for Cal is not directly comparable to that of UCLA's and much can be argued against for a stadium located so far from the main campus. If I was writing this piece, I'd also filter out any silly quotes from the office of that looney of a mayor, Tom Bates. Those quotes alone make me feel dumber after having read them.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 11:48 AM

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Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 9:57 AM

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Phucc all you damn fuckin haters!

Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 9:53 AM

Re: “¡Ask a Mexican!

the best thing about the govs that they're right. 1986 legalization for enforcement....and the enforcement never came.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Wow. Just plain poor research! Did you actually speak to Sandy Barbour, Jeff Tedford? Do you know any Cal ALums who would support your flimsy ideas? Besides not being in touch with your consituency, and doing poor research, you have a really valuable opinion. wink wink,

Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Moving Memorial stadium anywhere is a terrible idea. We need to build and expand the current stadium. It will be constructed with the most modern plans and technologies. The new Memorial stadium should be left exactly where it is. Sadly, all of these people calling for it to move have no understanding of the rich history and tradition of the stadium and it's current location. Furthermore, the stadium is the center of the University's athletic program. To say you can just move it away is simply foolish. Don't listen to these anti-social "protesters". They have their own agenda and it has nothing to do with reality. BUILT IT NOW.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

when did you abondon reason for madness?

Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Well then, maybe nothing should be retrofitted - the homes on Panoramic Hill next to the stadium, student dorms, freeways, San Francisco City Hall, the Bay Bridge. It cost money. Just let them all rot. If anything, UC has been a better neighbor to the city of berkeley than vice versa. Any other university would have developed People's Park by now, but no, we have to let it remain the dump it is because of the same people sitting in the trees. And the new stadium plans are lessening the danger with the reduction of seating from the existing 73K to 65K. It's a crime that what can be such a great amenity to the UC and the city of berkeley, can be obstructed by lies, distortion, NIMBYs, jobless tree sitters with "groovy"' nicknames, and residents who just want to get rid of Cal football.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2007 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

You forgot to mention one thing: The Oakland Mausoleum sucks. Nobody, not the A's, Raiders, or anybody else, wants to play there. The Mausoleum is Oakland's problem, not Cal's. The University should not be expected to bail out the city, and should be free to solve its problems on its own terms. If the stadium gets retrofitted, it will be designed to withstand a massive earthquake, and the eventual cost would be far less than the cost of a disastrous event in the stadium as it currently stands. Your opinion piece is uninformed at best, sensational at worst.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2007 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Terrible idea. Let's just go ahead and p*ss away 80+ years of tradition and the most authentic sporting experience in the bay area. The masses of blue and gold faithful surging up Durant, Bancroft Ave. & the campus, then descending back down into the apartments, bars, eateries, and elsewhere after the game is a one of a kind experience. The picturesque setting and backdrop of the stadium is unmatched. The sightlines of every seat in that stadium are good, far better than the hole in Oaktown. You conndradict yourself in your own article too you moron: "In other words, the university is about to spend tens of millions of dollars to prepare for a disaster that has a one-in-25,000 chance of happening." then... "Sooner or later you'll pay for this. When the Big One does strike, public money will be used to repair the stadium, and in the meantime, the redirection of ticket revenue would only increase the athletic department's multimillion-dollar budget deficit." Well, is it a one-in-25,000 chance?, or an inevitable event? Leave your bad ideas and multipurpose stadiums in LA where they belong.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2007 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Give Cal Plan the Ax

Your right, Cal football should be played in Oakland--by seceding from the city of berkeley. The University and its surrounding neiborhoods should either be annexed by Oakland or any other city that would demonstrate cooperation, appreciation, and respect for having the distinct priviledge of hosting the premier research and educational institution in the world. In the spirit of Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks, I'm ashamed that Cal is the city of berkeley. I'm ashamed Tom Bates is a former Cal football player and alum. As a Cal alum, I ashamed to be a voting resident of the city of berkeley.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2007 at 10:53 PM

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