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2016 WeAreSC Travel Guide: At Stanford (Bay Area Weekender)

GAME THREE – AT STANFORD (Bay Area Weekender)

SEPT. 17: 5:00 p.m. PDT/8:00 p.m. EDT
Televised: ABC
Location: Palo Alto, Calif.
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Capacity: 50,000
Surface: Natural Grass
Seating Chart: http://www.gostanford.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/stan/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/Maples-Seating-Chart-SERVICES-

Projected Palo Alto Weather Game Forecast: Sunny with a high of 78, 57 percent humidity, and a low of 56 degrees.

Websites: gostandford.com/usctrojans.com

Host hotel: San Francisco Westin St. Francis


From Highway 101 (North & South)

  1. Take the Embarcadero Road exit west toward Stanford.
  2. At El Camino Real, Embarcadero turns into Galvez Street as it enters the university.
  3. Stay in the left lane and continue toward the center of campus.
  4. Take a left at Nelson Road, the stadium will be on your left.


From Highway 280 (North & South)

  1. Exit Sand Hill Road east toward Stanford.
  2. Continue east, turning right at Arboretum Road.
  3. Take another right at Galvez Road.
  4. Turn left at Nelson Road, the stadium will be on your left.


From El Camino Real

  1. Exit El Camino Real at Embarcadero Road.
  2. Turn toward the hills (away from the center of Palo Alto).
  3. As you enter Stanford, Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street.
  4. Continue on Galvez and turn left on Nelson Road
  5. The stadium will be on your left.

Friday Night San Francisco Pep Rally Returns to Union Square: After a one-game hiatus from San Francisco’s Union Square, The Trojans Marching Band, Spirit Leaders, and Song Girls will once again perform at the annual Football Spirit Rally in Union Square at 7:00 p.m. Get there early because traffic around Union Square figures to be heavy. We suggest parking in the Union Square underground structure. Admission to the rally is FREE!

City by the Bay: Obviously there is plenty to do in San Francisco. There is the Wharf, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, a “60s” visitation to Haight-Ashbury, and the tour of Alcatraz. If you’re looking for something really interesting, we highly suggest the Walt Disney Family Museum, located in the Presidio of San Francisco and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. If you’re driving to the game from downtown San Francisco to Palo Alto, give yourself plenty of time and figure on an hour’s drive at the very least with traffic on the surface streets.
Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips:

Stanford Campus – You won’t get much of an argument that the Stanford campus is one beautiful piece of land. From the oak trees to the street lamps, there is a sense of intellect and tranquility. Get there early and explore the grounds; it’s well worth it. The folks are generally friendly, and the Stanford Fan Feast next to Stanford Stadium is a lot of fun.

Stanford Stadium’s Clear Bag Policy – Stanford has implemented a clear bag policy to provide a safer environment for the public and expedite fan entry into Stanford Stadium.

Tailgate – Our advice is to get there early not only for the fun but to help avoid the heavy traffic that comes off the surface streets. You can be stuck in some intense traffic. General parking near the stadium is $30 without a parking permit. Due to fan interest in arriving to Stanford’s campus early in the day, all parking lots will open five (5) hours prior to kickoff.

Pre-Game USC Tailgate on Stanford University Campus:
Ford Plaza on Stanford University Campus
(9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
$65 per adult
$45 per child (14 and under)

Note: children three and under are free
Performance by Trojan Marching Band

Stanford Fan Fest: Arrive early for every Stanford Football game day and head to Fan Fest located in the Hammer Throw area between Cobb Track and Stanford Stadium. Admission is FREE! Fan Fest is open from 3 hours prior to every Stanford Football kickoff and offers fans a place to eat and drink, and participate in interactive games. This season’s Fan Fest features face painting, kids’ activity zone, entertainment stage, beer tent and an assortment of the best gameday food in the Bay Area, including food trucks and vendors.

Stanford Walk: Okay, see what the other guys look like. They not quite the old un-athletic Cardinals. The Stanford Walk should take place around 2:45 p.m. A tradition almost as old as Stanford Football itself, “The Walk” has been a pre-game tradition for the Cardinal and its fans for decades. Fans line the pathway, from the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, down Sam McDonald Road to the Gate 1 entrance of Stanford Stadium to cheer on the Stanford players and coaches’ walk to Stanford Stadium. The Stanford Band lines up behind the team during The Walk and plays to the delight or disgust of fans.

Trojan Walk:  Clay Helton’s team will be “dropped off” near the ramp leading down into Stanford Stadium’s south side. There is no formal walk, but you can get up close and personal as the Men of Troy depart their team busses. The Cardinal and Gold should roll in sometime between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurant

The Old Pro 541 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 326-1446



Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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