Here at SPORTSbyBROOKS, we claim to be many things. Foremost amongst those things are sports fans, admirers of the female form, and chroniclers of the human condition. One position we have never claimed as our own is that of civil engineer and/or architect. That said, we here at SbB are pretty confident in saying that an earthquake fault line is a pretty freaking bad place to build a college football stadium.
Unfortunately, SbB was not around 86 years ago to advise the University of California against building their football stadium directly atop the Hayward Fault line. Now the stadium is (surprise, surprise) crumbling away and, after exterminating the hippies from the premises, university officials have decided to bring the stadium up to modern earthquake-proofing standards. Guess who gets to pay for it? You guessed it - Cal’s ticket holders, loyal through decades of bad-to-mediocre football, will be footing the bill to the insane tune of up to $225,000…each.
THE WIZ OF ODDS reports on Cal’s crackpot fundraising schemes:
A program similar to personal seat license plans used by many professional teams will require about 3,000 fans whose season tickets are between the 30-yard lines on the stadium’s west side to pay up to $225,000 just for the right to purchase season seats. If they decline to participate, they’ll have to give up their seats.
Of the 3,000 seats, there are 144 priced at $225,000, and 115 of them already have been sold, with several fans already writing checks for $900,000, which buys four seats in what is being called the University Club section.
Again, in case the italics threw you off, we’ll reiterate that the $225,000 is a personal seat licence fee - a fee just for the right to buy tickets in that section. By comparison, the Cowboys charged a then-unprecedented $150,000 for their most expensive seat licenses at their new billion-dollar football palace opening this year. Cal, of course, has never actually won anything of import in football, while the Cowboys are one of the world’s most popular pro sports teams.
If Cal was trying to throw off its reputation as a bastion of socialist/leftist thinking, this is one way to get the point across - it doesn’t get much more capitalist than screwing over the little guy financially. Or, they could’ve just rebelled against their liberal lineage like a bunch of kids we knew in college and joined the Young Republicans.