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.
2015 Stanford Season Preview
The Cardinal won their 2nd Pac-12 championship in as many years in 2013, winning 11 games and posting an 8-2 conference record. David Shaw has turned the cardinal and white into a perennial conference and national championship contender and expectations are high for 2014. Stanford lost some key talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball following the 2013 season. Gone are outstanding linebackers Trent Murphey, Shayne Skov, and Jarek Lancester. Add defensive ends Ben Gardner and Josh Mauro to the list of departures and there are some serious question marks regarding the Cardinal’s defense in 2014. Despite losing all of that experience, Stanford still looks to start 9 seniors on defense, and returning quarterback Kevin Hogan has Palo Alto’s sights set on yet another Pac-12 title. Stanford’s schedule is filled with exciting matchups, including a week 2 meeting with USC, and trips to Oregon and UCLA.
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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.
The rivalry between the Cardinal and Ducks has gained a more recent stature as both teams are consistantly among the top teams in the Pac-12. This west coast matchup up is always an exciting game and pits two of the best teams in the conference up against one another.
Stanford Cardinal 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 Cardinal 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 Cardinal 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.