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are Stanford fans real fans?

Original post made by Stanford fan, South of Midtown, on Nov 28, 2010

Typically, the major college football bowl game committees hate Stanford because Stanford's fans are not real fans. Sure, they all go to the games that are in town, but few show up at out-of-town games. If the bowl games can't count on fans to buy tickets, they'd rather pick teams that will sell out the games. Bowl games are expensive to produce and someone has to pick up the tab.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 29, 2010 at 10:54 am

As the saying goes: Stanford "does not travel well."

Number 4 team in the country and the stadium is not even half full. The weather was suboptimal - but the ticket sales were just as bad.

Luckily Stanford is BCS bound. Otherwise a local bowl would be the likely outcome.

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Posted by VoxPop
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

What do you guys propose, mandatory attendance by all able bodied Palo Alto residents? Maybe people have what they consider more important things to do than watch a football game.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I know that in the grand scheme of things the ticket prices are not that high, but it is more money than I can afford to take my family of four. The one time that we were able to buy cheaper tickets we did go to the game. Back when they were not very competitive we could buy a family pass for the whole season for around $100 and we did that every year. The new stadium is great, but we just can't afford the new prices.

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Posted by Hate stanford
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

More fans = more traffic = decreased quality of life. No thanks. More traffic even on 5 saturdays a year is too many. Stanford has too many of these events, football, basketball, concerts, celebrity visits etc. we need to take a hard line with stanford, much like atherton took with menlo-atherton high. Stanford should move these events to a city where quality of life is not important, like san jose. I am sick of stanford ruining the good thing we have here

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm

"Number 4 team in the country and the stadium is not even half full. The weather was suboptimal - but the ticket sales were just as bad."

Well, actually, it was 3/4 full -- 38,000 out of 50,000. Crowd was dense, noisy, enthusiastic. Not bad for a cold night. Largely adults there - high-school and Stanford students mostly had too much homework to take that much time off. I'm not sure why all the griping--

Ticket prices are too high for most families -- Stanford used to be more family friendly than it is now.

In short, this is as good as it gets. If the bowl committee would rather have a couple of mediocre midwest teams whose fans will pay lots of money to travel, so be it. It isn't Stanford's fault that football is the only excitement in Columbus, Ohio or whatever.

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Posted by embarrassed by the cheerleader
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 30, 2010 at 9:03 am

We love the Stanford football team, they have really worked hard and are a pleasure to watch. The rest of the Stanford affiliates, the band, cheerleading and dance team are embarrassing. (At least the band is trying to be funny, the cheer squad and especially the dancers, are just bad.)

When you watch any other college team, the "supporting staff" takes pride in their performances. If the same level of professionalism was evident in the band, cheerleading, dance team, as the football team, people might take being a fan more seriously.

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