Memorial Stadium renovation and seismic retrofit

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Construction is moving along nicely on the $321 million renovation and seismic retrofit of UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium. The stadium, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, hosted its first football game in 1923. The stadium is situated directly on top of an active earthquake fault, necessitating a major seismic upgrade. Several eyebrow-raising earthquakes occurred within a few blocks of here in the three days preceding the taking of this photograph.


The stadium is also being modernized during this construction, and seating capacity will be reduced from about 72,000 to about 63,000. The project is scheduled to be completed for the 2012 football season.


The stadium seen in greener days....


Taken by a camera lofted by a helium balloon.


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Taken on October 23, 2011