What’s new with Stanford football?

Photo credit: gostanford.com

By Ana Kieu

As the the title implies, there has been quite a few things regarding the Stanford Cardinal football team. Let’s check out the latest press releases.

Preseason Ranking
Stanford was ranked No. 25 in the preseason Top 25 poll released by the Associated Press on Monday. It marks the ninth straight season in which the Cardinal has started ranked in the AP Top 25, the sixth-longest streak in the nation.

The Cardinal, led by Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw, is the winningest Pac-12 program in the last decade. They’ve won 82 games in Shaw’s eight seasons at the helm, and 94 games since the start of the 2010 season. Their 102 wins in the last 10 seasons is the sixth-most in college football.

Stanford finished the 2018 campaign at 9-4 overall, winning each of its last four games. They’ve been to a school-record 10 straight bowl games, the longest active streak in the Pac-12.

Quarterback K.J. Costello returns after passing for 3,540 yards and 29 touchdowns a season ago. His passing yards were the second-most in school history, while his passing touchdowns were third-most, in a single season.

Cornerback Paulson Adebo highlights the defensive returners. The junior led the nation in passes defended last season, with 20 breakups and four interceptions.

Stanford begins arguably the nation’s toughest schedule when it plays host to Northwestern on Saturday, Aug. 31 inside Stanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT on FOX. The Cardinal also hosts No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 11 Oregon and No. 13 Washington this season, while traveling to No. 17 UCF and No. 23 Washington State.

Stanford Stadium Enhancements
Fans will notice a number of enhancements to the game day experience at Stanford Stadium throughout the upcoming season.

Stanford Stadium experienced a major audio upgrade this past off season, with the newly installed Meyer Sound system. The 174 state of the art speakers with over 2,300 individual speaker cones create an incredibly balanced, clear, and precise audio solution. The extraordinary pattern control avoids problems often encountered in large stadium sound systems and creates a level experience for all fans regardless of location in the stadium or volume of crowd noise.

Season Ticket Members now have exclusive access to three entry gates upon arrival at Stanford Stadium. In response to feedback received from our Season Ticket Members, the new access policy provides access to STM-Only Gates 6, 9 and 12, as well as the STM entry points at the shared entry Gate 4.

STM-Only Gate Entry credentials (one per seat on your account) will still need to be accompanied by a valid game ticket, as your credential does not serve as a valid ticket for entrance into the game. Guest Services staff will monitor entry to STM-Only lines at these gates and direct all fans without this credential, and a valid ticket, to another entry point.

Season ticket members can add on the Sky Deck Experience on a full season or single game basis and catch the game from one of the best views in the house. The Sky Deck, perched atop the press box on the west sideline, provides a bird’s-eye perspective of the action, satellite TVs for viewing, comfortable lounge furniture to relax during timeouts, and complimentary food and beverage service, including beer and wine for those 21+, starting when gates open through the start of the fourth quarter.

Limited group ticket opportunities on the Sky Deck are also available, complete with a semi-private cabana space for your group to enjoy. Contact the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office at (800)-STANFORD for additional details.

Mobile ticketing is in full swing this season, as students can enjoy a fully mobile ticketing experience from the time they claim tickets until they enter Stanford Stadium. Mobile tickets enabled with near field communication technology will allow students to tap and go at the student entrance, located at Gate 3.

The new Stanford Athletics mobile app, set to launch soon, will also allow fans to manage their tickets, access exclusive offers, follow their favorite sports and stay connected to The Farm from anywhere with live game streams, news, videos, schedules, student-athlete features and more! Visit www.gostanford.com/AppDL for more information!

The bag check location previously found at the track lot has been relocated to the north end of the stadium outside Gate #9 to better accommodate the flow of fan traffic into the venue.

Featuring new stand options, additional menu items, increased value combos and health-conscious selections, Stanford’s concessions have received quite the overhaul for this season.

Here are some exciting new flavors that can be found around Stanford Stadium:

  • Los Carnalitos (Section 102) — Featuring authentic Mexican tacos, nachos, horchata and aguas frescas
  • Cardinal Sweets (Section 118) — Satisfy your sweet tooth with beignets plus ice cream sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and churros made with Ghirardelli® chocolates and syrups
  • The New Twist (Section 113) — Order up a delicious carved roast beef sandwich, pretzels and pretzel bites with cheese pub sauce, and cold brew coffee

Your favorite food stations now have new menu items:

  • The Catch (Section 112) – Crab sandwich, clam chowder and chowder fries
  • Top Chips (Section 133) – Street corn
  • The Stadium Grille (Sections 102 & 125) – Cajun fries
  • Kikka Sushi (Section 113) – Salmon poke bowl
  • California Pizza Kitchen (Section 128) – Loaded baked potato soup and key lime pie

We’re offering savings on an expanded list of combos for $10 or less:

  • All-American Sandwiches (Section 134) – ½ Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup for $10
  • Stadium Express (235) – Colossal Dog and fountain beverage for $10
  • Dog House (Sections 112, 114, 132 & 134) – Choice of Polish or Colossal Dog and fountain beverage for $10
  • Stadium Grille (Sections 102 & 125) – Hamburger and fountain beverage for $10
  • Cardinal Sweets (Section 118) – Cookie and hot chocolate made with Ghirardelli chocolate for $8
  • Fan Food (Section 118) – Popcorn and fountain beverage for $9

Fans looking for kosher, healthier and allergy-friendly options will find a new selection of meals and desserts at Farm-to-Table (Section 108):

  • Pho (vegetarian or chicken), served with rice noodles, bean sprouts, cilantro and Thai basil
  • Kosher hot dogs on a gluten-free bun or on a stick
  • Açai bowl with fresh fruit and granola
  • Mediterranean box with tabbouleh, baba ganoush, pepper hummus and carrots
  • Healthy wraps and salads
  • A rotating selection of gluten-free treats including brownies and chewy marshmallow bars

You can find a stadium concessions map and more menu detail at concessions.stanford.edu. You can also pick up a printed copy at any concessions location on game days.

2019 Football Promotions

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Saturday, August 31 • 1 p.m.
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Cardinal Kids Day, presented by Stanford Children’s Health

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Bay Area families are invited to The Farm to enjoy one of the best football teams in the area. With the purchase of an adult ticket, kids in 8th grade and below can receive a free ticket, as part of the Bill Walsh Legacy game. There will be several pregame activities, including the Kids Zone (with a petting zoo!) as part of Fan Fest, which is free to the public.

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Saturday, September 21 • TBD
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Hall of Fame
More information on inductees coming soon.

Sexual and Relationship Violence Awareness Game
Stanford football is bringing awareness of sexual and domestic violence to the Stanford community. Stay tuned for more information, so you can join them in taking the pledge to stop this behavior.

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Saturday, October 5 • TBD
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Breast Cancer Awareness Game, presented by Stanford Medicine
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Stanford football student-athletes and coaches will be sporting pink to bring awareness to this disease and breast cancer survivors will be honored throughout the game.

Sustainability Game
Join the Cardinal in the Game Day Zero Waste Challenge as we battle other Pac-12 schools to become the greenest recycling team! Check out some of these Cardinal Green facts.

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Thursday, October 17 • 6 p.m.
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Eligible Faculty and Staff have the opportunity to claim up to four (4) free tickets by participating in the BeWell program. Members are eligible for free tickets once they have completed their SHALA and registered an account with Stanford Athletics.

Learn more here.

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Saturday, October 26 • TBD
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Reunion Homecoming

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Make the most of Reunion and your trip back to The Farm with a Stanford football game. Opportunities for your entire class to get together come along only once every five years. Sit with your classmates by using the unique promo code distributed by the Alumni Association.

Cheer Day

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Stanford Athletics welcomes Varsity Spirit for our 2nd Annual Cheer Day at Stanford Stadium! Cheer participants will arrive pregame for an onsite practice and will have the opportunity to perform on the field with their fellow teammates during game time!

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(122nd Big Game)
Presented by Stanford Medicine

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Saturday, November 23 • TBD
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Long Sleeve T-Shirt Giveaway, presented by Stanford Medicine

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All Stanford fans can add more Cardinal to their closet as everyone in attendance will receive a long sleeve t-shirt, courtesy of Stanford Medicine.

Honoring Our Heroes
Join us as we honor local veterans, military, fire and police officers in conjunction with Veterans Day.

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presented by Coca-Cola

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Saturday, November 30 •  TBD
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Fan Appreciation Game
Stanford appreciates the support of their fans all season long, and will be thanking them with prize giveaways throughout the game.

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