Report: Big Game could shift to Levi's in 2014

Report: Big Game could shift to Levi's in 2014
August 24, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Cal and Stanford are reportedly talking about taking their bitter rivalry to Levi's Stadium for one year. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The California Golden Bears may be on the verge of giving up homefield advantage in the 2014 Big Game.

Cal and arch-rival Stanford are close to agreeing to move the 2014 edition of The Big Game to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. At the moment, the game is scheduled to be played in the recently-renovated Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.

If the two sides agree to relocate the game, Cal would host the 2015 Big Game, originally scheduled to be played in Palo Alto.

It's unclear which team would be considered the home team in a game played at Levi's Stadium.

The shift in venue could have an impact on a major historical component to the Big Game. Since 1924, Cal has hosted the game on even numbered years. That would all change if Levi's Stadium hosts the game in 2014.

The Chronicle cites a blog called 'A Cal Fan's Notes' written by Cal alum Jeffrey Earl Warren, who claims that Stanford came up with the idea "because they want to balance their home schedule by moving their Cal home game to even-numbered years."

Right now, Stanford hosts both Cal and Notre Dame in the same year. According to Warren's claim, they'd like to split those games up.

If Cal agrees to the change, they will have to explain to their passionate fans why they agreed to give up their highest-profile event just one year after spending hundreds of millions of dollars to renovate Memorial Stadium.

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