California Memorial Stadium is on the grounds of the University of California, Berkeley. It seats almost 72,000, which makes it the largest capacity (US) football stadium in Northern California.
Here is some information about the stadium quoted from the UC Berkeley website:
"... the setting of Memorial Stadium remains one of the most breathtaking sights in all of college athletics. The plush wall of pine trees in the Berkeley Hills to the east is contrasted by a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay and three bridges to the west.
"Designed by world-renowned architect John Galen Howard and co-designers G.F. Buckingham and E.E. Carpenter, the stadium is a tribute to their architectural talents - skills that were years ahead of their time. Fans who attend games today still marvel at the beauty of the structure, modeled after the Coliseum in Rome, and comment about the easy viewing for spectators from all angles within the stadium."
A few interesting details are worth noting.
First, the stadium directly on an earthquake fault, the Hayward Fault. Here's what a Wikipedia article says about the fault and the stadium:
"Further north the fault passes under the lengthwise midline of the football field of California Memorial Stadium at the University of California, Berkeley. Fault creep since 1923 has offset the walls at the north and south ends 13 inches (33 cm). There are no plans at this time to replace the stadium in its entirety at a more appropriate location, even though its "O" shape may possibly be split into two "C"s. A suitable site for a replacement is available immediately to the east in Wildcat Canyon, although this would require an east-west alignment rather than the traditional north-south orientation. While there is only a small probability of an earthquake on this fault while the stadium is occupied, the results could be deadly."
Second, renovations of the facility, now underway, were preceded by a lengthy tree-sit in protest that about 25 oak trees were to be cut down. Also, from Wikipedia: "In 2006, 2007, and 2008, protesters in Berkeley, California sat in coast live oak trees to prevent the construction of a new sports facility by the University of California, Berkeley. On September 5, 2008, the University began logging the grove, after winning court agreement. Four days later, after a little more than 21 months, the final four tree sitters surrendered to authorities, ending the longest running urban tree-sit in history."
The stadium is used for football games only about 6 times per year.
Sometimes, people use the empty stadium for exercise. Like this one young woman depicted here.
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KateinDenmark (1634) 2009-09-10 7:21
For some reason I look at this photo and think "hmmm not too much has changed in 2000 years." It is strange how this pattern of construction has been going on since the Romans, and yet here it still is. This is a great composition with one person walking through the simple pattern of the seats. Well done.
npecanhuk (56372) 2009-09-10 7:31
That was an excellent idea and the visual results are very beautiful and attractive! Wonderful graphism with the seats and very nice and welcome dynamism with the moving lady down there!
TFS - congratulations!
baclama (16323) 2009-09-10 8:18
tres graphique et bien cadrée, un brin minimaliste...
tres bien fait
pablominto (53744) 2009-09-11 7:52
An eye-catching composition!
The crossing diagonals make an intriguing pattern, and the angle of light creates contrasting shadows...
The framing is basically well done as it includes the curves in the foreground!
What you maybe lose is in placement of the person. I'm not against centralized compositions, often they work very well! Here I'm a tad more doubtful... not that my eyes are stuck in the middle of the frame thanks to the intriguing lines, but..?
Myself I'd probably put her near the upper left corner!
UlfE (14140) 2009-09-11 10:42
An excellent and graphically appealing picture. When I saw the tumbnail I got the impression that this might be old greek theatre. Your inclusion of the lonely person is great and gives an idea of the size of this stadium. I really understand there are as many as 72,000 seats. TFS and have a nice weekend!
Longroute (19392) 2009-09-13 8:22
now it's my turn to ask you whether you studied photography theory and the art of composition! (:-).
I don't know if you had a precise idea before clicking the shutter or it was just a matter of chance, but this one seems taken out from a photography manual.
The graphic effect of the repeated pattern of the benches and steps (curving too) is enough to appeal the eye but that young lady going down is a real and ideal "punctum".
aadilj (18102) 2009-09-15 21:26
A superb and dramatically composed shot with wonderful hues and nice patterns
baba_flies (8829) 2009-09-17 10:18
Hello William! Oh yes, very impressive, so many rows. American stadiums are HUGE for our standards. I was in the one in Denver and I felt kind of lost, even shopping malls in the lower parts to keep people happy. Love this one, very attractive with the girl walking down, a cheer leader maybe ... or as you say a little workout ... this never hurts. Very well seen, a quick moment, and something exciting comes out if you are fast. Very nice, like it a lot. Best regards, Barbara.
ManuMay (33975) 2009-09-26 6:59
very opportune, great idea for composition and graphic sense, the inclusion of subject gives sense if space and dimmensions...Very good!!
Have a nice week end...