Campanile admission prices to rise for first time in 15 years

William Tatlonghari, David Moreno-Medina and Maria Parar visit the Campanile, which will begin being renovated starting July 5. The process will last just under six weeks.
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Beginning in July, admission prices to the Campanile are set to rise to fund cosmetic improvements in the lead-up to the UC Berkeley landmark’s 100th anniversary.

General admission prices for adults over the age of 18 will rise from $2 to $3, while reduced admission prices for Cal alumni, visitors under 17 and those over 65 will raise from $1 to $2. UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff members, as well as children under the age of 3, will continue to enjoy free admission.

It has been 15 years since the prices were last raised.

Sather Tower, more commonly known as the Campanile, is one of UC Berkeley’s most well-known landmarks. Completed in 1914, it will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.

According to La Dawn Duvall, executive director of visitor and parent services at UC Berkeley, a recently convened committee is discussing plans for the celebration. Although there are no definite plans, proposed ideas include monthly events to lead up to a “big birthday party” in fall 2014.

The proposed price increases will take effect July 1.

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