Stanford football ready to kick off its season

Cardinal hosts final activities before hosting Sacramento State on Saturday

With its season opener just a few days away, the Stanford football program opened its doors to the public on Sunday for a community-wide open house.

Cardinal fans had an opportunity to see inside the stadium and locker rooms, get autographs from the players and hear head coach Jim Harbaugh talk about the upcoming season.

Youths from 8th grade and younger were able to participate in on-field activities run by the Stanford coaches.

It was just another opportunity for Stanford to generate a little more enthusiasm for the upcoming season, which begins Saturday with a home opener against Sacramento State at 3:30 p.m.

Another chance to get involved with the program will arrive Friday with the annual Council of Chiefs meeting, which is celebrating its 41st year of "football, fun and friendship" with "friends of the program."

The Council of Chiefs gets under way Friday at 7 a.m., at Jimmy V's Sports Café at the Arrillaga Family Sports Center.

Guests will include Harbaugh, Director of Player Development Ron Lynn, the Stanford football broadcast team's new sideline reporter John Platz, plus a current Cardinal player and a former Cardinal player. For the third consecutive season, Jim "Emeritus" Rutter will serve as the COC's Master of Ceremonies.

Those interested can pay at the door or register ahead of time at: Information on parking can be obtained at:

-- Palo Alto Online Sports


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