Big Game Week is the Rally Committee’s busiest and most exciting week of the year. The entire week is filled with events, rallies, and tons of spirit!
Big Game Week Events
Cable Car Rally
To kick off the beginning of Big Game Week, Rally Committee, Cal Band, Dance Team, the Mic Men, and Oski take over a cable car and ride through the streets of San Francisco, greeted and cheered on by Cal fans. The rally begins in Ghirardelli Square, and concludes in Union Square in an amazing demonstration of Cal Spirit.
“Get the Red Out” T-Shirt Exchange
In the spirit of the rivalry, the Rally Committee does its part to ensure that students on campus rid themselves of any red clothing they may have accidentally brought to Cal. In exchange for a red item of clothing and a can of food, students are given a Big Game Week themed blue and gold T-shirt designed by members of the Committee. After collecting all the red clothing and cans, the Rally Committee donates them to local charities.
Tree Chopping Rally
Every year, the Rally Committee joins the Cal Logging Team to chop trees on the steps of Sproul. Using handsaws and chainsaws, the Logging Team gets the student body pumped up to beat the Cardinal at Big Game.
Big Game Week Night Rally
Another unique and amazing event is our Night Rally! Dance team, Cal Band, Mic Men, and sometimes even Oski join the Rally Committee as we dance through the streets. The group winds through the city of Berkeley, stopping at the fraternities, sororities, and Units as the Cal Band plays. This rally ends on Sproul, as Sather Gate is lit up in all blue and gold.
Big Game Bonfire Rally
The Rally Committee is responsible for building and burning down the largest bonfire west of the Mississippi. Thousands upon thousands of students, faculty, alumni, and Cal fans fill the entire Greek Theater to witness one of the most dramatic, inspiring, and moving rallies. And did we mention the HEAT?! Members spend the entire Friday of Big Game Week; building the structure of pallets, preparing for the fire that reaches almost four stories high! Many alumni come to speak and share stories of Big Games past, while the football team makes a quick visit, different student groups perform, cries of Freshmen More Wood! are heard all night long, and the entire theater sits in the glow of candlelight as the fires dies down.
Since it began in 2002, this tradition has continued to grow every year, as the Rally Committee turns all of campus completely blue and gold. The Committee is responsible for the lighting and decorating of many popular buildings and landmarks on campus, including the Doe Library, the Campanile, Sproul Hall, the East Asian Studies Library, Sather Gate, the Big C, and Wheeler. Banners are hung all over campus, and dorm stunts are made in different dorm buildings around Berkeley.
The Rally Committee also encourages other students to get in on the decorating action. Each Big Game Week, we hold a competition among the the Greek houses.