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2018 WeAreSC Travel Guide: At Stanford (Bay Area Weekender)

GAME TWO – AT STANFORD

SEPT. 8: 5:30 p.m. PDT/8:30 p.m. EDT
Televised: FOX
Location: Palo Alto, Calif.
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Capacity: 50,000
Surface: Natural Grass
Seating Chart: https://seatgeek.com/venues/stanford-stadium/seating-chart
Ticket: http://gostanford.com/sports/2015/1/25/208602060.aspx

Alumni host hotel: Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., San Francisco  

Projected Saturday Palo Alto Weather Game Forecast: Sunny with a high of 80, low of 56, 54 percent humidity, and 0 precipitation.

Websites: gostandford.com / usctrojans.com

Host hotel: San Francisco Westin St. Francis

Friday Night San Francisco Pep Rally Returns to 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 pay 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’s 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 again 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 at least an hours drive. Traffic leading into Stanford can be dicey, as well.

DIRECTIONS TO STANFORD STADIUM

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.

Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips

Parking

NOTE: The following parking lots require a prepaid general parking permit, or you must pay cash on gameday as you enter the parking lot.

Lot #4/IM South Parking

A General Parking permit or cash payment ($30) on gameday will provide access to Lot #4/IM South along with all other General Parking Lots (#8, #9 & #13). General Parking permits DO NOT allow access into Lot #1/Sunken Diamond, Lot #2/El Camino Grove, Track Lot, Galvez Lot, Masters Grove, Toyon Grove, or Cardinal Lots #3, #7 and #10.
To arrive at Lot #4/IM South, take El Camino Real south of Embarcadero Road. Stay in the right lane and turn right into the designated Lot #4/IM South entrance.

Lot #8/Arboretum Grove Parking

A General Parking permit or cash payment on gameday will provide access to Lot #8/Arboretum Grove along with all other General Parking Lots (#4, #9 & #13). General Parking permits DO NOT allow access into Lot #1/Sunken Diamond, Lot #2/El Camino Grove, Track Lot, Galvez Lot, Masters Grove, Toyon Grove, or Cardinal Lots #3, #7 and #10.

To arrive at Lot #8/Arboretum Grove, turn west onto Galvez Street from El Camino Real. Stay in the right lane and turn right onto Arboretum Road. Pass the Arboretum Grove entrance, and turn right into the designated Lot #8/Arboretum Grove entrance, located the intersection of Arboretum Road and Lasuen Street.

You may also enter Lot #8/Arboretum Grove via El Camino Real. The entrance to Lot #8/Arboretum is along El Camino Real north of Embarcadero Road. Take El Camino Real southbound past Palm Drive. Stay in the right lane and turn right into the designated Lot #8/Arboretum Grove entrance.

 LOT #9 LAUSEN GROVE PARKING

A General Parking permit or cash payment on gameday will provide access to Lot #9/Lasuen Grove along with all other General Parking Lots (#4, #8 & #13). General Parking permits DO NOT allow access into Lot #1/Sunken Diamond, Lot #2/El Camino Grove, Track Lot, Galvez Lot, Masters Grove, Toyon Grove, or Cardinal Lots #3, #7 and #10.

There are two ways to arrive at Lot #9/Lasuen Grove:

1) Turn west onto Palm Drive from El Camino Real. Follow Palm Drive to Campus Drive East and turn left (south) on Campus Drive. Stay in your left lane and make a left on Lasuen Street. Follow Lasuen Street and turn left into the designated Lot #9/Lasuen Grove entrance.

2) Turn west onto Galvez Street from El Camino Real. Follow Galvez Street to the first stop sign (Campus Drive). Turn right onto Campus Drive. Pass Galvez Lot then take the next right at Lasuen Street. Turn left into the designated Lot #9/Lasuen Grove entrance.

Lot #13 Parking

A General Parking permit or cash payment on gameday will provide access to Lot #13 along with all other General Parking Lots (#4, #8, & #9). General Parking permits DO NOT allow access into Lot #1/Sunken Diamond, Lot #2/El Camino Grove, Track Lot, Galvez Lot, Masters Grove, Toyon Grove, or Cardinal Lots #3, #7 and #10.

To arrive at Lot #13, turn west onto Galvez Street from El Camino Real. Stay in the right lane and turn right onto Arboretum Road. Pass the Lot #7 and the Lot #8/Arboretum Grove entrances, and Palm Drive. The entrance to Lot #13 will be on the right-hand side.

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.

Tailgating: 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.

Stanford Fan Fest: Fan Fest is open from 2.5 hours until 30 minutes prior to every Stanford Football kickoff and offers fans a place to eat and drink and participate in interactive games. This year’s Fan Fest features face painting, a live DJ, Coaches Chalk Talk, interactive games, giveaways and an assortment of the best game day 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 3:00 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: There is no formal away game walk, but you can get up close and personal as the Men of Troy depart their team busses near the Stanford Stadium players’ tunnel entrance, which leads down into the stadium. The Cardinal and Gold should roll in between 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurant

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

http://www.oldpropa.com

 



Greg Katz
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Greg Katz

Now in his 58th 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 staff writer 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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