Mayor Swearengin, Berkeley Mayor Bates Place Friendly Wager on Cal-Fresno State Football Game

Losing Mayor Will Wear Opponent’s Jersey for a Day

Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates today agreed to a friendly wager on the 2011 college football season opening game between Fresno State and the University of California at Berkeley in the TicketCity Battle by the Bay Saturday at Candlestick Park.

Mayors Swearengin and Bates agreed that the losing team’s mayor will wear the opponent’s jersey for a full day.

“The citizens of Berkeley can expect to be seeing red at City Hall – at least for a day -- after Fresno State defeats Cal on Saturday,” Mayor Swearengin said. “I’m sure Mayor Bates will look great in Bulldog red and white. Go Bulldogs!”

"I'm looking forward to the season opener between the Cal Bears and Fresno State Bulldogs,” Mayor Bates said. “I can’t wait to see Mayor Swearengin dressed in blue and gold. Go Bears!"

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