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Construction is well underway on the stadium retrofit project at Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif. Monday, July 25, 2011. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)

Cal's new Student-Athlete High Performance Center is nearing completion, and the football stadium is also coming along.

The 142,000 square-foot SAHPC, which is being constructed at the cost of $150 million in private donations and is adjacent to Memorial Stadium, will be home to all of Cal's football facilities, as well as 12 other sports in the school's athletic department, all of the Olympic variety.

Under construction since the fall of 2008, the SAHPC is supposed to open in October, but the football team likely will hold off moving in until after its season is complete. However, the facility will immediately begin serving hundreds of other athletes on campus.

Memorial Stadium, which is in the midst of a $321 million renovation, is scheduled to open in time for the 2012 season. Cal, which begins fall camp on Aug. 6, will practice at Witter Rugby Field and play home games at AT&T Park. The Bears also have a neutral site game against Fresno State on Sept. 3 at Candlestick Park.

The SAHPC will be divided into three areas -- one-third is devoted to football, one-third is the high performance core where athletes from all 13 sports sharing the building can train, and the remaining third is reserved for facilities for the other 12 sports.

The football area includes coaches' offices, meeting rooms, a video room and a broadcast studio and press room. The football locker room is located one level below, and includes a staircase that will take the team directly to the North tunnel of Memorial Stadium.


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The opposite end of the facility, which is called the Olympic area, is somewhat similar to the football part of the building. Each of the 12 sports has offices for the head coach and assistants, plus a small reception area. The locker rooms are directly beneath them. Each team will have its own private locker room, with all the women's teams on one floor and the men on another.

But the most impressive aspect of the facility is the high-performance core, an 18,700 square-foot area that includes a variety of facilities for training, conditioning and rehabilitation. It includes weightlifting equipment, a swatch of field turf for athletes to practice agility drills and an underwater treadmill. There also will be rooms or offices for cardio training, agility training, doctors, trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists, sports science labs and a fitness studio for yoga, ballet and other activities.