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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backintheworld, Flickr Dave, and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Michael Layefsky 42 months ago | reply

    The view from last March:

    Memorial Stadium renovation and seismic retrofit

    Seen on a greener day......2008:

    Memorial Stadium

    Where the Cal Bears played their 2011 season:

    Downtown ballpark

  2. AGrinberg 42 months ago | reply

    Cool! Higher than the cranes!
    Putting together a great series here. Hope to see you top it off with a full stadium next year!

  3. CatMacBride 42 months ago | reply

    Wow! what a great view!

  4. Ningaloo. 42 months ago | reply

    Impressive BAP view.

  5. backintheworld 42 months ago | reply

    Coming along nicely alright!
    That balloon does come in handy!

  6. Flickr Dave 42 months ago | reply

    Wow, that's impressive!

  7. PokyTom 42 months ago | reply

    That should be worth some bucks, Michael! Nice work.

  8. Monica's Dad 42 months ago | reply

    Hey Michael, this is awesome!

  9. skipmoore 42 months ago | reply

    She's coming along. After 25 years of going to almost every home game, I sure do miss the games there this season. AT&T sucks.

  10. Tom Trippe 42 months ago | reply

    Great shot, and very interesting when combined with your earlier photos at different stages.

  11. *Lynne 42 months ago | reply

    Great aerial shot, Michael--construction is moving right along!

  12. Michael Layefsky 42 months ago | reply

    Thank you guys for all your comments and faves! I've been eying those humongous cranes inside the stadium for months and finally made time to get up there and shoot. It was a very satisfying outing!

  13. SheffieldStar 42 months ago | reply

    It turns into a crater from high above. A very well designed one.

  14. DD 29 42 months ago | reply

    Bien vu !

  15. msoderstrom 42 months ago | reply

    I live 3 blocks from AT&T, so I can't say I'm totally disapointed with this year, but can't wait to get back to Memorial!

    Great shot. Go Bears!

  16. DJuniorFan 42 months ago | reply

    It's great that you can get a peek at what's going on! Your aerial photos are the best.

  17. PMMPhoto 41 months ago | reply

    Loving your aerial photography. I'm sure I saw a documentary in the uk about this site about 12 months ago here in the UK on BBC television.

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