The California Golden Bears announced on Thursday that the 2014 Big Game will officially remain at Berkeley's Memorial Stadium. Last week, reports said that Cal might play Stanford next season at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, which will become the 49ers' home after the 2013 NFL season ends.
Cal's athletic director Sandy Barbour wrote a letter on CalBears.com detailing the department's decision to keep the game in Berkeley.
"In arriving at this decision," Barbour wrote, "we studied a wide range of factors, including the competitive balance of our home schedule, the student-athlete experience and the game-day environment for our fans, as well as short- and long-term financial implications."
Barbour added that alumni, students, donors, and ticket holders all provided feedback that helped the athletic department determine which course to take. The department also consulted with campus leadership, according to Barbour.
"Only then, after considering each of these factors, did we arrive at the conclusion that it is not in Cal’s best interest to move forward with the offer," she wrote.
Cal and Stanford have played The Big Game since 1892, with the series edge going to the Cardinal -- they have a 58-46-11 all-time record against the Bears. The Cardinal, who are currently ranked 4th in the AP Top 25 poll, are hosting Cal on Nov. 23 this year.