Uploaded: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 1:31 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 6:02 PM
Annual Stanford spring football game in San Francisco on Saturday
Cardinal and White game, capping spring practice, set for historic Kezar Stadium
|Stanford will wrap up its spring football practice season with its annual Cardinal and White game on Saturday at historic Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. Gates open at 1 p.m. with the kickoff set for 2 p.m.
Admission is free, though donations to benefit San Francisco Recreation and Parks Youth Scholarship Program will be accepted at various locations inside the stadium.
Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with activity booths such as face painting and football toss, as well as a pregame autograph session with Stanford football alumni at 1:30 p.m. and a postgame autograph session with the current team.
Concessions will be provided by Gordon Biersch Restaurant and Brewery and a limited edition 2010 Stanford spring game T-shirt will also be available for purchase.
Music will be provided by Live105FM and the Washington High School band of San Francisco.
Moving the game to Kezar Stadium, located on Stanyan Street in the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park, was necessitated because the playing surface at Stanford Stadium is being reseeded along with the program's desire to broaden its Bay Area fan base.
"We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to play our annual Cardinal and White Spring Game at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco," said Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. "Although it has been remodeled over the years, Kezar Stadium is still one of the Bay Area's historic sporting venues. We are also excited for the opportunity to bring Stanford Football to the heart of San Francisco."
Parking is available for $10 at the Waller Street lot, located on the northeast side of Kezar Stadium, on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 12:30 p.m. Public parking is also available at the Millberry Union Garage, located at 500 Parnassus Avenue near the UCSF Medical Center, two blocks away from Kezar Stadium. Limited street parking is also available.
Fans are also encouraged to utilize public transportation, including San Francisco MUNI, BART, Caltrain and Golden Gate Ferry service. Kezar Stadium is conveniently accessible from the N-Judah train and the 6, 7, 71 and 43 MUNI bus lines.
From the East Bay, take BART to the Embarcadero Station and then take the N-Judah MUNI train toward La Playa/Ocean Beach to the Carl and Stanyan stop.
From the Peninsula, take Caltrain northbound to the final San Francisco stop at the King/4th Street and Townsend Street Station and then transfer to the N-Judah MUNI toward La Playa/Ocean Beach and exit at the Carl and Stanyan Street stop.
Stanford first played a game at Kezar Stadium in 1928, defeating Idaho, 47-0. Stanford played three games during the 1942 season at Kezar.
The original Kezar Stadium was built in 1925 and had a capacity of nearly 60,000. It hosted a variety of sporting events, including football, soccer, lacrosse, boxing and rugby. In 1989, the stadium was demolished and a new, more modern facility was built. The new stadium capacity is 10,000.
Stanford senior Landry Fields walked away with four awards, including the Hank Luisetti Most Valuable Player honor, highlighting the team's annual awards banquet on Monday night in front of approximately 200 people at the Arrillaga Family Sports Center.
Fields also claimed statistical award titles with team-high marks in scoring (22.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg). He scored in double-figures in all 32 games, reached the 20-point plateau in 22 contests, notched 13 double-doubles and was awarded with a spot on the All-Pac-10 First Team. Fields wrapped up his career with 1393 total points, good for 17th on the all-time list, while producing one of the best seasons in school history. His 704 points represented the third-best single-season total in school history, trailing only Adam Keefe (734 in 1991-92 and 709 in 1990-91).
Fields also shared the honor of team captain with fellow senior Drew Shiller.
Sophomore Jeremy Green, an All-Pac-10 Second Team selection, received the Most Improved Player award while sophomore Jarrett Mann earned the Best Defensive Player award. Senior Emmanuel Igbinosa, one of Stanford's most effective players down the stretch, took home the Most Inspirational award.
Sophomore Andrew Zimmermann captured the Roy Young Toughness award, which was given to the player who took the most charges throughout the year. Sophomore Jack Trotter was the recipient of the Howie Dallmar Coaches award.
-- Palo Alto Online Sports
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Posted by Em, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Apr 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm
This fine Kezar article omitted mention of an historic Stanford football "first" there in late September 1940: the unveiling of the T-formation in college football, which led to Stanford's perfect 1940 season.