California Memorial Stadium is the University of California, Berkeley’s football stadium. It was opened in 1923 in honor of fallen Californian veterans of World War I. The football team was originally housed by the West and California fields in succession, but the California Memorial Stadium was created in account for the additional space needed to seat the growing fanbase and student body during football games. Cal would win the inaugural game at Memorial Stadium against Stanford defeating the Cardinal 90. The stadium, in addition to housing football games, has also been the place for General Commencement announcements from 19231970. It was shortly discontinued because of the protests and political climate of the time but resumes in other places of the campus now such as Haas Pavilion and Edwards Stadium. Most notably on March 23, 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech to a crowd of 88,000 in the middle of Memorial Stadium. The current Memorial Stadium is a renovation of the 1923 model, completed in 2012 with a 351 million dollar renovation and 150 million dollar athletic training center. These expensive modifications created some controversy in the campus, most notable protesters who resided in trees to protect the groves in the way of development from being cut down.
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