The Stanford Cardinal football program started in 1892, as did the school's annual “Big Game” against the University of California at Berkeley. The Cal-Stanford rivalry is one of the oldest and most celebrated in all of college football. The Cardinal have 2 national titles to their credit, 12 conference titles, and have been to the Rose Bowl 12 times and won 9 of them. Some of the great Stanford players who've made their mark on the game of football include Jim Plunkett, John Elway, James Lofton, and John Lynch. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Stanford Cardinal football tickets.
2013 Stanford Season Preview
Head coaches may leave, star quarterbacks may depart, but the Stanford Cardinal football program remains consistent. Most college football teams go through an adjustment period after a Heisman finalist leaves and becomes the number one draft pick in the NFL. Not David Shaw’s team. Stanford won the PAC-12 and the Rose Bowl in the first season of the post-Andrew Luck era. Junior Kevin Hogan returns as the signal caller after taking over mid-season in a bold move by Shaw. Stanford did not lose a game once Hogan became the starting quarterback. Shaw will have to decide who the starting running back is after the departure of the school’s all-time leading rusher Stepfan Taylor. With tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo also leaving, Stanford will need someone to step up that Hogan can trust in tough situations. College sports are all about handling transition, and Shaw showcased last season that he is up for the task. Stanford will try and win back-to-back PAC-12 titles with home games against Washington, UCLA, and Oregon. The Cardinal will finish their season with a great contest at Stanford Stadium against Notre Dame.
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Stanford Cardinal Football at Stanford Stadium Address: 601 Nelson Rd, Stanford, California, 94305
The Stanford Cardinal play their home games at Stanford Stadium. Opened originally in 1921 and remodeled in 2005, the stadium now holds a reduced capacity of 50,000; so make sure you get tickets. The venue has been updated with luxury and club seating, expanded restroom facilities, and great sightlines to make any Stanford home game a fantastic experience for college football fans. The Stanford Cardinal home bench is on the Stanford Stadium sideline with sections 110-116. Stanford Stadium parking information is covered in our Cardinal event guide.
Stanford vs. Cal
This matchup is known as the “Big Game” and is accompanied by pep rallies, bonfires, and theatrical performances. These bay area powerhouses play for the right to take the “Stanford Axe” back to their campus. The final play of the 1982 game, now known as “The Play,” is often considered the most thrilling, and improbable ending to a game in football history, and exemplifies a series that has one of the best atmospheres, both on and off the field.
Stanford vs. Notre Dame
One of the most prestigious rivalries in college football, the aptly named “Legends Trophy” is awarded to the winner of this game. These two teams have played over 25 times since 1925, but the rivalry has really gained momentum in the last two decades. With the reemergence of both universities’ football programs, this matchup often has major implications on the national stage.
Stanford Cardinals in the BCS National Championship, Bowl Games and Pac 12 Championship
Some may think the Stanford boys are named after the popular bird, but it’s their Cardinal and white colored jerseys that earn them the name. Ranked the top academic school with an FBS program, the Stanford Cardinals are well known for their double-digit bowl game victories and 13 Pac 10/12 titles. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Pacific 12 Conference Championship Game.
Stanford Cardinals Event Guide
Any special sections of note?
The Family Section is in the north end zone of Stanford Stadium.
Do my kids need a ticket to get into Stanford game?
Kids two years old and younger can go in without a ticket but must sit on the lap of their parent or guardian.
Where can I tailgate?
You can park and tailgate in any of the lots around Stanford Stadium. There are shaded groves and lawns that you can set up in around the parking lots.
When do gates open before a game at Stanford Stadium?
Gates will open 90 minutes before kickoff for all Stanford football games.
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For Our Cardinals Stanford Cardinal @ USC Trojans Week 9 NCAA 2011. I’m a Cardinal. That’s the reason why I’m always picking my educational establishment; they are sucking money out of me like a vacuum! Still, it’s a love for my Stanford Cardinals. It comes down to a game that is just great football. The Trojans are not good at stopping good offenses and there is nit a better and more efficient offense in the country than what Stanford brings to the Trojans Saturday night. The Stanford Cardinals might not have the fastest running back on the field or the talent at receiver that gets NFL scouts drooling but they have great talent in all their team members. The Cardinal linebackers are not measurable of the NFL first day draft picks – and our secondary doesn’t scare everyone – but we do win. We come out and kick your butt and we win. I watched our Cardinals get run over by Chris Polk a time or two but it didn’t seem to bother any of them one bit. The scary thing about our Stanford Cardinals is….We know. We know that we are going to win. We know that we are going to outlast you. We know that we are going to stop you eventually and when it comes to live or die against our quarterback, the opponent is going to die. It’s all about knowing that we are going to win. October 29, 2011