Memorial Stadium Reopens

24 Aug 2012 02:07 9
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UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium reopens for its first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 1, after a major $321 million seismic retrofit and renovation. Bob Milano, assistant athletics director, gives a brief tour of the new features at the stadium.

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The historic stadium, which opened in November 1923 and was designed by John Galen Howard to resemble the Roman Colosseum, was closed in December 2010 for a massive renovation project, the core of which was a seismic retrofit. All but the outer façade and the eastern seating bowl was rebuilt from the ground up. The design included a unique blend of UC Berkeley researchers' academic knowledge about earthquakes and the expertise of practicing engineering and architectural professionals hired to do the work.

In addition to being safe and state-of-the-art, the modern stadium has improved amenities including new aluminum bleachers, new concession stands and restrooms, improved sightlines, permanent stadium lights, a wider concourse and a rooftop plaza entrance to the stadium.
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