Like open-heart surgery and jousting with yardsticks, football is a game of inches. Measure out some field-side fun with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $59, you get two premium-sideline Section A, B, or C tickets to the California Golden Bears' home football game against the Presbyterian Blue Hose at AT&T Park on Saturday, September 17 (up to a $130 value). Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m.
The California Golden Bears paddle across the Bay to christen their new lair at AT&T Park, where the team will feast on Pac-12 opponents for the remainder of the 2011 season. Fearsome claws will fly at the park’s inaugural game, which pits the Bears against the Big South’s Presbyterian Blue Hose. While the tight-knit Blue Hose offense stretches the field, Cal head coach Jeff Tedford aims to counter with a defensive attack led by senior and second-team All-Pac-10 linebacker Mychal Kendricks. This year, the offense hands the ball to Zach Maynard, a promising junior whose cleats are sure to be stained with end-zone paint by the end of the season.
Also the home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park transforms into Bear Territory while Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium undergoes renovations this season. Fans seated in bleachers behind the visiting-team bench can stare longingly at the Coca-Cola Superslide in left field or eavesdrop on Presbyterian’s athletes as they pump each other up with Braveheart-style speeches. Fans are welcome to tailgate before the game and take a cool postvictory dip in McCovey Cove.