Cal said sales of football tickets are on pace to set a new record. UC Berkeley said fans have renewed 1,791 season tickets for the 2007 season, surpassing the 1,197 renewed at this time last year. Cal's season ticket sales have been on a steady climb. The Golden Bears sold 40,262 season tickets last season, up from 16,200 in 2002, Jeff Tedford's first year as coach. In addition to season-ticket sales, the football team set a new record for attendance last season with an average of 64,318 fans per game.
Cal football is 43-20 under Tedford, who agreed to a four-year contract extension earlier this year. Tedford, who has transformed a once-weak team into a force in the Pacific-10 Conference, has said he would like Cal to update its facilities, including Memorial Stadium. A lawsuit has halted planned construction on an ultra-modern gym near Memorial Stadium and plans to renovate 83-year-old Memorial Stadium. But Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said the school remains committed to the project and that the suit is a "temporary setback."