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It also will serve as the new home for the upgraded Fight Hunger Bowl, which had been played at AT&T; Park in San Francisco, home of Major League Baseball’s Giants. And Cal will host Oregon in a regular-season game at Levi's Stadium on Oct. 24.

York said about 80 percent of the 49ers’ ticket base has some Pac-12 connection, and he expects the conference championship game to be a sellout.

“When we were selling suites, when we were selling seats,” York said, “this was hands down the No. 1 event people were asking about.”