World-class facilities are integral to fulfilling the Cal Athletics mission. When we invest in state-of-the-art facilities, venues and amenities, we not only best support our student-athletes in their training and performance, but we also strive to create an excellent game-day experience for our fans while providing revenue for our entire department. Our student-athletes spend a significant amount of hours every week in our training centers and they merit this high-level support to win athletically and personally.
As a global athletic and academic powerhouse, Cal continues to uphold the High Performance Initiative, a revolutionary performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the scholar-athlete experience. By employing new technologies and fully utilizing the physical design of our competitive and training centers on campus, Cal Athletics elevates the support for scholar-athletes, expanding to offer this competitive advantage to our 30 athletic programs.
If you are interested in giving to a Capital Project, please contact the Cal Athletics Fund at CalAthleticsFund@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2427.
New Beach Volleyball Facility
Cal beach volleyball will soon have a new facility to call home under a plan announced in the summer of 2018 as part of the University and athletic department’s commitment to support student-athletes in all of their educational activities. Construction is expected to begin in June of 2019 and be completed by the end of the year, allowing the Golden Bears to compete on the new courts for the 2020 season.
The beach volleyball facility will remain on the Clark Kerr Campus, moving to a new location near the intersection of Sports Lane and Dwight Way. It will feature four sand courts, as well as permanent spectator seating, restrooms and a scoreboard. The team currently uses two courts with no additional permanent amenities.
The fastest growing NCAA sport, beach volleyball is sponsored by nine Pac-12 schools with 75 universities around the country offering the sport. Cal began its program in 2014, and the Bears have quickly become a top-15 team. With the new facility, Cal will be able to host televised matches, better accommodate fans and provide the resources to allow the Bears to thrive on the national stage.
Aligning with Cal Athletics’ mission to provide nearly 900 student-athletes with a well-rounded experience, complete with first-rate opportunities for their athletic, academic and personal growth, this new facility will be a critical component to the beach volleyball student-athlete experience. It also aligns with the values the University and the athletic department place on gender equity, including access to equitable facilities for male and female student-athletes.
“The addition of a new facility will positively impact every aspect of our program. We are thankful for the campus giving us this opportunity. Cal beach volleyball has continued to grow every year, and a new facility will give our student-athletes an environment in which they can flourish.” – Meagan Owusu, Cal Beach Volleyball Head Coach
Cal softball will soon have a new stadium to call home under a plan announced in the summer of 2018 as part of the University and athletic department’s commitment to support student-athletes in all of their educational activities. Demolition of the site is expected to begin in the fall of 2019, with the Golden Bears moving into their facility for the 2021 season.
Cal has a storied history in softball with 32 NCAA Tournament appearances, 12 trips to the Women’s College World Series and one national title in 2002. With such an illustrious past, the stadium is being built to help current and future generations of Golden Bears reach new standards of performance.
Located on the current site of Levine-Fricke Field, the diamond’s orientation will be shifted, with the new home plate area near the current left field foul pole. Once completed, it will include expanded permanent seating, covered batting cages, locker rooms, a video board, restrooms, field lighting and an elevated press box, among other amenities. The facility will be configured to meet field dimension standards, and Cal will be able to host NCAA Tournament games, something the team is unable to do presently.
Aligning with Cal Athletics’ mission to provide nearly 900 student-athletes with a well-rounded experience, complete with first-rate opportunities for their athletic, academic and personal growth, this new facility will be a critical component to the softball student-athlete experience. It also aligns with the values the University and the athletic department place on gender equity, including access to equitable facilities for male and female student-athletes.
“I am extremely excited for Cal softball and the opportunities a new facility will bring to our program, and I know our players are going to be thrilled. This will help ensure a bright future for us, and I know that student-athletes will see it as a stadium that will allow them to excel on and off the field. Just as important, the facility will put us in position to host NCAA regional games that would give us a home-field advantage. I am very appreciative of the Chancellor, our Athletic Director Jim Knowlton and others within our department who have worked so hard to make this possible.” – Diane Ninemire, Cal Softball Head Coach
Legends Aquatics Center
Cal’s latest state-of-the-art facility is Legends Aquatic Center. Located at 2214 Bancroft Way, across from Edwards Stadium, Legends is a donor-led project built entirely with private donations and designed to ensure the lasting legacy of Cal’s extraordinary aquatics programs – men’s and women’s swimming & diving as well as men’s and women’s water polo. Featuring a 50-meter pool with a movable bulkhead, the center also houses a diving tower with various platforms, spacious and modern locker rooms, a team room used for dryland training and study space and lastly, student-athlete driven upgrades such as a video scoreboard and excellent audio-visual features. The Legends diving tower is also the first diving tower in the immediate East Bay and allows our divers to train and compete locally.
Prior to the construction of Legends Aquatic Center, Cal’s world-class aquatic squads were limited to Spieker Pool, our historic aquatic facility also open to the public. Similarly, our swimmers, divers and water polo student-athletes were restricted in both practice and competition times in addition to the breadth of classes and majors available to them. While Legends opened in October 2016, fundraising for the project is ongoing through June 30, 2017. If you are interested in making a gift to our legendary aquatics complex and to learn about our naming and recognition opportunities, please call the Cal Athletics Fund at (510) 642-2427.