The stadium first opened in 1923 and was in honor of those killed during the conflict of World War I. At that time, it cost $1,437,982 to build. The stadium originally had a grass field that was changed to turf in 1981. The 1980s marked many renovations for the stadium and it was expanded in the 1990s to include more weight room and training facilities as well as a team meeting room. They brought real grass back in 1995, only to have it replaced in 2003 with a new type of synthetic.
The Memorial Stadium is the home of the Cal Bears football team. The capacity was originally 80,000, but has changed because of renovations to 71,999. There have been 56 games since the stadiums opening where fan attendance has reached over 70,000 with 21 of those reaching over 80,000 in attendance.