The Stanford men's basketball team will get an early start of the season as it packs its bags and heads to Spain for an 11-day trip early next month that will include games to be played against world-class competition in cities such as Alicante, Barcelona and Madrid.
Highlighting the tour are games against Real Madrid, which has won a record 30 Spanish League championships and eight Euroleague Championships, and powerhouse FC Barcelona Regal, which defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an exhibition game last October. Making the contest even more memorable, FC Barcelona Regal will be playing its first-ever game against a college team.
Stanford's opponents for the Spain trip are members of the ACB League (or Liga ACB, The Asociacion de Clubs de Baloncesto), which is considered to be the top professional league in Europe and recognized by many as the best in the world after the NBA.
The Cardinal will depart for Spain on Saturday, Sept. 3, arriving in Madrid the following day. After a brief midweek stay in Alicante, the final five days of the tour will be spent in Barcelona before returning home on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
"We are extremely excited for the opportunity to play against elite international competition while enhancing the cultural experience of our student-athletes," said Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins."This is the perfect time for our program to make a trip like this, considering the number of returning players on our roster. Playing teams such as Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and will only help our young players continue to grow."
The NCAA allows teams to travel overseas once every four years. Stanford most previously toured Italy in 2007, while visiting Australia and New Zealand in 2001.
Combined with several days of sightseeing along the way, this year's foreign tour represents a tremendous cultural experience for all involved. Additionally, incoming freshman Chasson Randle also will join his Cardinal teammates on the trip, providing a valuable opportunity to establish chemistry early in the season.
Single-game tickets for the 2011 Stanford football season are now available for purchase at the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office, on-line at GoStanford.com or over the phone by calling 1-800-STANFORD.
The Stanford Athletics Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
General admission single-game tickets are available for as low as $14 for adults and $9 for children. Reserved seats are available for as low as $25.
Tickets to the 114th Big Game versus California (Nov 19) will only be available through season ticket or mini plan purchase. A limited number of single game tickets for Oregon (Nov 12) and Notre Dame (Nov 26) will be sold. To ensure seats to these three marquee match-ups, fans are encouraged to buy a season ticket.
The three-game, Lotsa Luck mini-plan, which includes an option to purchase a ticket to the Oregon, Cal or Notre Dame games and two other games on the home schedule, are available starting at $70. Six-game Family Plans (two adult, two children) are also available.
Groups of 20 or more can also purchase discounted single-game tickets for the first four games of the season against San Jose State, UCLA, Colorado and Washington.
Stanford opens its seven-game home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 3 against longtime South Bay rival San Jose State in the annual Bill Walsh Legacy "Kids Free" game. Other attractive home dates on the 2011 home schedule include games against UCLA (Oct. 1), Colorado (Oct. 8), Washington (Oct. 22 Reunion Homecoming), Oregon (Nov. 12), California (Nov. 19) and Notre Dame (Nov. 26).
Stanford, which finished with a 12-1 overall record last season, capped off by a victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, will open fall camp on Monday, August 8.
Clinton Hayes, the interim head coach of the national champion Rhode Island women's sailing team, has been hired as Stanford's assistant coach.
"Clinton was a real talent in college for Vermont Sailing, developing into one of the top sailors in the country", said Stanford head coach John Vandemoer, who will enter his fourth season in the fall. "In his first year of coaching, he brought a national championship to URI and we know his talent and coaching will help us bring championships here to Stanford. We are all really excited to have Clinton on board and we are looking forward to the 2011-12 season."
Hayes was the interim head coach at Rhode Island this past spring, leading the Rams to the women's national title. It was the Ram's first win since 1976. In the fall, he served as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Vermont.
Returning in the fall are seven all-conference sailors in two-time all-PCCSC Nick Dugdale, freshmen Kevin Laube, Mateo Vargas, Molly McKinney and Sally Mace, and sophomores Eliza Richartz and Rebecca King.