Cal's Memorial Stadium will be 'game ready'

There have been whispers that California's Memorial Stadium renovation won't be complete in time for the Bears' season-opener against Nevada on Sept. 1.

That's probably true. But that doesn't mean the game will be rescheduled for elsewhere in the Bay Area.

Cal sent out a release Tuesday afternoon saying the renovation will have the stadium, "game ready" by opening day.

In other words, game-on. But pardon the the mess.

From the release:

On Nov. 27, 2010, California closed out its final season in the original configuration of Memorial Stadium. Now, less than 21 months later, the venerable facility is on track to be "game ready" for the 2012 campaign.

But what, exactly, does "game ready" mean?

"I think it means different things to different people," said Brian Main, senior project manager with campus Capital Projects. "My goal for the project is to have everything done so that when people come into the stadium, they won't recognize the little things here and there that are not complete. To the general public, it means that we're going to have the place ready to play a football game. The stadium will be completely functional not only for the game, but also for the fans."

Bob Milano Jr., Cal's assistant athletic director for capital planning and management, echoed those sentiments: "Game ready means that we're going to invite 63,000 of our closest friends to come to the stadium and watch Cal football play Nevada, enter safely, have a great time and go home safely."

When fans arrive at Memorial Stadium for the Sept. 1 opener against the Wolf Pack, some of the new elements, such as decorative signs and banners, may not be finished, but just about everything else appears to be right on schedule, according to both Main and Milano.

Construction impacted about 60 percent of the stadium, primarily on the west side where the structure was above the ground and needed to be improved to meet modern seismic standards, but all fans will certainly benefit from the enhancements being made to the building.

You can read the entire release here.