Cal sells tickets to nonexistent seats


Cal sells tickets to nonexistent seats

Most of the 63,168 people in attendance for Cals season-opener against Nevada went home disappointed.The much anticipated reopening of the renovated MemorialStadium was marred by a 31-24 upset loss to Nevada.But some of those 63,000 had an extra reason to gripe. Cal sold as many as 100tickets to seats that did not exist.We r aware of problem & apologize. Correcting 4 nextweek, Calathletic director Sandy Barbour tweeted Sunday in response to complaints onTwitter about the nonexistent seats.Ashwin Puri, Cal associate athletic directorfor sales, marketing and service, told the San Jose Mercury News that theproblem applied to no more than 100 people and stemmed from misestimates in thenumber of seats that could fit in bench-seating sections.Every stadium comes up with manifested number of seatsprior to building being finalized, Puri told the Mercury News. It wasnt aguessing game. It was based on conversations we had with the constructioncompany.Puri said that while it is easy to correctly estimate thenumber of chair-back seats, approximating the number of tickets to sell forbench seating creates a greater possibility for error.As seat numbers were put on the benches late last week, Cal realized sections V,UU and U were more narrow than had been anticipated, Puri said.Calplaced customer service representatives in each of the affected sectionsSaturday to relocate fans who had purchased tickets to the nonexistent seats.Caldid not have a chance to hold a test event before Saturdays game that wouldhave revealed the issue. The renovations to Memorial Stadium, which cost 321million, reportedly fell behind schedule.Puri said Cal was workingto fix the problem before the Golden Bears next home game, Saturday against Southern Utah, and that some of the ticket holders hadreceived upgrades to higher value seats.We are proactively reaching out to every affected ticketholder to solve this, Puri said. We want to make sure every one of our fansis happy.

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.


California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.


California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital


Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report