OAK Celebrates 10 Years of Partnership with Cal Athletics

Sept. 3, 2021
Partnership includes a multimedia ad program, airport parking and support for team and staff travel through OAK.

With UC Berkeley students back on campus and as the college football season kicks off, Oakland International Airport and Cal Athletics are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their partnership.

“We’re especially proud of our association with Cal Athletics and the distinction of excellence and achievement that Cal represents,” said Bryant L. Francis, Port of Oakland director of aviation. “OAK is the home airport for Berkeley and the university generates a significant amount of passenger traffic including the wide range of staff and team travel that Cal Athletics does throughout the year.”

The innovative partnership began a decade ago when Oakland International Airport became the Official Airport of Cal Athletics. Elements of the deal include a multimedia advertising program, airport parking and support for team and staff travel through OAK which is the closest and most convenient airport for students, parents, faculty and staff. This anniversary comes at a particularly exciting time for Cal, as the Golden Bears’ first home football game will be held Sept. 4 at California Memorial Stadium.

“The relationship between OAK and Cal Athletics unites two iconic brands in the East Bay. This partnership has grown the awareness of OAK throughout our entire campus community and has positioned OAK as the airport of choice for Berkeley,” says Joe Mulford, senior associate athletic director and chief revenue officer. “Travelers in and out of OAK are welcomed to the East Bay knowing it’s Bear Territory. As we exit a tough year and this partnership enters its 10th year, we look forward to welcoming fans back to Berkeley and telling them again to Fly the East Bay Way."