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Back In Camp: Alums, First Practice Highlight Start Of Fall

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Back In Camp: Alums, First Practice Highlight Start Of Fall


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Cal’s Travers Family Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox hangs out with Cal football alumni at a reunion earlier this week.

BERKELEY – There has been a lot of energy in Strawberry Canyon the last couple of days with about 250 current and former players spanning more than 50 seasons of Cal football on hand Thursday for fall reporting day.

“It was a great night of Cal football,” said David Ortega, who recorded 525 tackles for the Golden Bears from 1986-89 and remains the school’s all-time leading tackler. “We had Golden Bears from six decades there and all of them talked about how this was such a great idea to get our current players acquainted with our former players. We have all sat in the locker room and ran out of the North Tunnel into California Memorial Stadium. Kudos to coach Wilcox and his staff on having this event.”

“The opening of fall camp is an experience our players will remember for the rest of their lives,” said Ron Coccimiglio, who had 11 career interceptions for the Golden Bears from 1978-80 and has worked for the Cal football program in a variety of roles since. “It was fabulous to have so many past Cal football alumni interact with our current players. CEO’s, former NFL players and entrepreneurs were all in full swing as we opened camp. It was great to see so many of our football alumni spanning many decades together on campus.”

The 135 Cal football alumni in attendance started arriving at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium on Thursday afternoon and were promptly greeted with a backpack of Cal football swag and a tour of the team’s Simpson Center facilities that opened along with a remodeled stadium in 2012 and have continued to improve in the decade since. Current Golden Bears then joined the alumni for a barbeque on the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza.

 

 “It was great to meet and connect with some of the great players in Cal’s history,” current player Matthew Cindric said. “It was fun to hear their stories and compare the Cal experience from the past to the present. The Cal family is a strong one and to continue to build connections is what makes this place so special.”

“I really enjoyed getting to connect with the alumni and also see some of my old teammates,” added Daniel Scott, a sixth-year senior who was the lone player on the current roster in the program when Wilcox became head coach in 2017. “It was fun to sit down at the barbeque with Cal legends who shared amazing stories of Cal’s past. I can’t wait to see how fast the barbeque grows for years to come.”

The alumni continued with a social event in the University Club after the barbeque while the current players were released for the day to prepare for Friday’s first full day of fall camp that started with breakfast at 7 am and ended in the early evening after meetings, practice, interviews, lunch, strength and conditioning, more meetings, walk thrus, dinner and more meetings.

The Bears will do it all again Saturday and nearly every day other than fall camp’s one mandatory off day per week in preparation for the team’s 2022 season that begins against UC Davis at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3 (1:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Bay Area).

Tickets for the 2022 campaign are on sale now! Fans can purchase tickets directly online by visiting CalBears.com/tickets or calling 1 (800) GO-BEARS (press extension 1). Season-ticket members receive exclusive access to purchase parking for every home contest, as well as to buy tickets for all road games including at Notre Dame and any postseason events.

All of the team’s fall camp practices through August 23 are scheduled to be open to the public and begin each day at 9:30 a.m. PT. Admission is free and attendees can enter FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium through Gate 2 located in the Northwest corner of the stadium and proceed to the concourse level through Stairwell 6 to available seating on the west side of the stadium in Sections E, EE, F, FF, G and GG. All other sections of the stadium including the field and North Tunnel will be closed to public access. A daily schedule of remaining practices including off days is listed below.

2022 Cal Football Fall Camp Remaining Open Practice Schedule

DAY, DATE – START TIME/NOTES
Saturday, August 6 – 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 7 – 9:30 a.m.
Monday, August 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 9 – Off Day
Wednesday, August 10 – 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 11 – 9:30 a.m.
Friday, August 12 – 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 13 – 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 14 – Off Day
Monday, August 15 – 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 16 – 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 17 – 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 18 – 9:30 a.m.
Friday, August 19 – 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 20 – 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 21 – Off Day
Monday, August 22 – 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 23 – 9:30 a.m.
*End of fall camp open practice/media availability schedule on Tuesday, August 23 (regular-season schedules begin Wednesday, August 24)
*Unless otherwise noted all events listed above at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.; All times Pacific; Schedule subject to change

FTX Field At California Memorial Stadium

LOCATION/PARKING/TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Location – FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium is located on Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley between Bancroft Way and Stadium Rim Way, adjacent to the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance at 2227 Piedmont Avenue. See below for parking suggestions in order of proximity to the stadium.
 
Stadium Parking Structure – Paid parking near the corner of Gayley Road (where Piedmont Avenue becomes Gayley Road) and Stadium Rim Way just north of the stadium
Street Parking – Paid and two-hour free parking may be available on streets near the stadium
Witter Lot – Paid parking near the corner of Centennial Drive and Stadium Rim Way just east of the stadium
Lower Sproul Garage – Paid parking on north side of Bancroft Way between Telegraph Avenue and Dana Street
Rec Sports Facility Garage – Paid parking on north side of Bancroft Way between Dana Street and Ellsworth Street
Underhill Garage – Paid parking on corner of Channing Way and College Avenue
 
Public transportation is highly recommended when visiting FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. There are multiple public transportation options. For more information, visit bart.gov, actransit.org, 511.org and the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation website at pt.berkeley.edu.

 



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