UC Berkeley's California Memorial Stadium Seat Bottle Opener With Bolt

  • This bottle opener is crafted from an authentic California Memorial Stadium blue bench wood, which was in use from 1923-2010.
  • Wood features the weathered painted surface of seats from which fans cheered for decades. Quality nickel plated hardware. Measures 6-1/2" and engraved with stadium name.
  • These are extra fun and feature a bolt hole (bolt included).  Note hole position may vary slightly from image.
  • Officially licensed by the University of California, Berkeley, each bottle opener comes gift-boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Warning: This product may contain one or more chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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From the time California Memorial Stadium opened in 1923, Golden Bear fans faithfully cheered from blue and gold seats for 88 seasons, creating scores of unforgettable memories for generations of football fans. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the success attained in the 2000's, the venerable facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest games in the history of Cal football. Memorial Stadium stands alongside such iconic campus structures as the Greek Theatre, the Campanile, California Hall and the Doe Library - all designed by renowned campus architect John Galen Howard.

When renovation on the Stadium began in 2010, Cal Athletics officially licensed Tokens & Icons to offer gift items and furniture from the historic venue's benches. As much of the wood was painted long ago with lead-based paint, Tokens & Icons carefully hand-selected each bench piece and is working solely with the more recent lead-free painted benches. Visit California Memorial Stadium Artifacts to see more about these benches and other unique artifacts from the renovation.

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Because these original materials are from the most curved sections of the Stadium, there were no parallel lines or right angles on these benches. The askew stanchions and slightly pitched-back bench seats are reminders of the benches’ original home. These crooked aspects are as integral to authenticity as are the originally engraved seat numbers on the bench wood.

All stanchions are original. Many benches have one stanchion in its original position. Since the distance between stanchions may have been 90 degrees or more in the Stadium, often the second stanchion is fit to accommodate requested bench size. The stanchion maintained in its original position is often at a slight angle in relation to the bench wood. The second stanchion is bolted parallel to the first such that the bench is flat and not torqued. Therefore, both stanchions may be parallel to each other but may not be parallel to the bench wood. Some benches may be constructed from stanchions in which neither are in their original placements.

Tokens & Icons is also offering Memorial Stadium special artifacts such as this Hall of Fame Bar.

Tokens & Icons was selected by Cal Athletics to create gifts and furniture from these historic benches.

Tokens & Icons hand picked the benches that had never been painted with lead paint.

Tokens & Icons hand removed and stores many loads of bench wood and the original stanchions.