UPDATED: Athletics Calls Off Aggie Fall Fest Due to Heat Alert

Football, CAAA Tailgate Scheduled Sept. 3 at Cal

New artificial turf with "CA" logo at midfield, UC Davis bHealth Stadium
UC Davis Health Stadium, site of the Aggie Fall Fest, Aug. 19, received a new artificial playing surface this summer, including the “CA” logo now used by athletics.

Quick Summary

  • Season-opening football at Cal, with a tailgate, Sept. 3
  • Football’s first home game Sept. 17: Tickets are on sale
  • Soccer, field hockey and other teams also starting play

Updated 10:45 a.m. Aug. 30: The deadline to buy tailgate tickets is 5 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 30).

Updated 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16: With an excessive heat warning in place until 8 p.m. Friday (Aug. 19), UC Davis Athletics announced the cancellation of that evening’s Aggie Fall Fest, out of an abundance of caution. The free event unfortunately will not be made up due to the start of fall competition. Everyone who RSVP’d to attend the event or paid for the women’s clinic portion should have received an email this afternoon with additional information. If you have additional questions, please contact the ticket office at 530-752-2471.

Before summer gives way to fall, we have some fallish events on the athletics calendar, including the Aggie Fall Fest and our first football game of the season, at Cal, complete with an Aggie tailgate party.

Plus, while football season tickets have been on sale for a while, and are still available, athletics is now also selling single-game tickets. The Aggies’ first home game is Saturday, Sept. 17, with a 7 p.m. kickoff. See below for more information, including the complete home schedule.

Football isn’t the only sport in pre-fall and fall: Women’s and men’s soccer and field hockey also begin play in August, and other sports will follow: men’s and women’s cross country, men’s water polo, women’s volleyball and equestrian. See below for more information.

Aggie Fall Fest

Join student-athletes and coaches at UC Davis Health Stadium, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, for this family-friendly event showcasing fall sports and including a girls night out option. Admission is free, but please RSVP.

The Aggie Fall Fest will feature student-athletes from a variety of sports, on-field youth clinic (6 p.m.), kids zone, student-athlete autographs and a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium’s renovated locker rooms for football, lacrosse and field hockey.

Also, meet Cori, the Aggies' new tee-retrieving dog making her debut at the first home football game (Sept. 17), and gear up for the season with new Aggie swag from the bookstore.

Beer and wine will be available from local vendors, and Woodstock's Pizza also will be available for purchase.

RSVP for the Aggie Fall Fest, including youth clinic, here.

The girls night out option, for ages 21 and up, comprises what used to be called the Women’s Huddle. The program, starting at 6 p.m., includes a meet and greet with student-athletes and coaches, a player Q&A panel with film review and on-field skill stations run by football players. The $10 cost includes a T-shirt and, at evening’s end, beer and wine tasting in the Bruce Edwards Club Room.

Register for the women’s clinic here.

Football at Cal

Saturday, Sept. 3, kickoff 1 p.m. But, first, the tailgate with buffet lunch: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Cal Alumni House (patio and Toll Room). Sponsored by the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, open to all, members and nonmembers alike. Remarks by Chancellor Gary S. May, Director of Athletics Rocko DeLuca and the CAAA, and also featuring Gunrock and the Cheer Team.

Note: The deadline to buy tailgate tickets is 5 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 30).

Lunch menu: hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken, coleslaw, baked beans and watermelon, along with vegetarian options (including Beyond Burgers). Plus, beer from Sudwerk, and wine, soft drinks and water.

The game: Aggies and Golden Bears, 1 p.m. kickoff, California Memorial Stadium, in the preseason opener for both teams. CAAA has compiled information on parking, alternative transportation and getting to the stadium from Alumni House by shuttle or uphill walk.

Purchase tickets here for the following categories:

  • Tailgate and game ticket (UC Davis section) — $90 for CAAA members, Team Aggie members and season ticket holders; $105 for the general public; and $70 for ages 12 and under.
  • Tailgate only — $45 for CAAA members, Team Aggie members and season ticket holders; $60 for the general public; and $25 for ages 12 and under.
  • Game ticket only for UC Davis section — $45.
This will be the 11th gridiron contest between the sister schools in history: 1932-39 and, then, after a 71-year hiatus, 2010, followed by 2019 (and now 2022). The record books at both schools show Cal the winner of the first 10 games — but a question remains about 1939. Read more in this article published in UC Davis Magazine in 2010 and reposted in 2019: “Settling the Score.”

Home football

Season tickets and single-game tickets are available as follows:

  • Online
  • In person — UC Davis Ticket Office, UC Davis Health Stadium, northeast corner to the right of Gate 1, 20-minute visitor parking available directly in front of the stadium off southbound La Rue Road. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Phone — 530-752-2471
  • Email

The schedule (all dates are Saturdays) at UC Davis Health Stadium):

  • Sept. 17 — San Diego, 7 p.m. (Welcome Back Week and Orientation)
  • Sept. 24 — Weber State, 7 p.m. (Staff-Faculty Day and High School Band Day)
  • Oct. 15 — Northern Arizona, 4 p.m. (Homecoming, Hall of Fame, and Parent and Family Weekend)
  • Oct. 29 — Cal Poly, 4 p.m. (Battle of the Golden Horseshoe and Ag Day)
  • Nov. 5 — Idaho State, 4 p.m. (Senior Day, Doxie Derby and Salute to Heroes)

This year’s Causeway Classic vs. Sacramento State is an away game: Saturday, Nov. 19, Hornet Stadium, time to be announced.

More about Aggie football, including the complete schedule, home and away.

Other fall sports

The Aggie women’s and men’s soccer and field hockey teams are back in action this month (see below), and other sports will follow: men’s and women’s cross country, men’s water polo, women’s volleyball and equestrian.

  • Women’s soccer UC Davis opened the season Sunday (Aug. 7) with an exhibition match at St. Mary's, posting a X-X win, and will play Nevada at Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, in an exhibition match this Friday (Aug. 12). The Aggies’ preseason at home starts with matches against Pacific, Thursday, Aug. 25, and San Francisco, Sunday, Aug. 28.
  • Men’s soccer UC Davis opens the season with an exhibition match at San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 17. The Aggies open the season at home with an exhibition match against Chico, Saturday, Aug. 20, with free admission.
  • Field hockey The Aggies open preseason play at home, Saturday, Aug. 27, vs. Holy Cross.

See the Aggie Athletics website for more information (including ticket sales) on all sports.

Media Resources

Dateline Staff: Dave Jones, editor, 530-752-6556, dateline@ucdavis.edu; Cody Kitaura, News and Media Relations specialist, 530-752-1932, kitaura@ucdavis.edu.

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