Cal football fans brave rain to watch Big Game against Stanford

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- Despite the storm that moved through the Bay Area Saturday, Cal Bears football fans didn't let the rain stop them from going to the game.

It's a game-day tradition at UC Berkeley. The football team enters Memorial Stadium through a sea of fans while the band riles up the crowd.

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But on Saturday, there was no music. A university official told ABC7 News the band was concerned rain would damage the instruments.

The big change in weather came just in time for the big game against Stanford, one of college football's greatest rivalries.

Many fans sported ponchos in their team colors. The party scene was still big as ever at fraternities. "I don't think it's affecting partying very much at all. I mean I'm still going out, I'm in my shorts. It's still pretty popping here," UC Berkeley Joshua Wilson said.

Victor Rethey said fewer people attended his tailgater, but they came prepared with tarps. "Every now and then, we poke the thing and then the water falls off and that's the best solution we've discovered so far," Rethey said.

Rain fell all over the Bay Area. Showers soaked Millbrae and high winds battered the coast where there's a high surf advisory in effect until 4 p.m. Sunday.

In Bolinas, two tree branches toppled near power lines.

The weather is keeping emergency crews busy throughout the weekend.

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