Sports

Stanford football on Friday night raises parking issues

 

Stanford Athletics will host a rare Friday night football game, complete with a postgame fireworks show, when the Cardinal hosts Washington State on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.

While hosting a Friday night game increases the Cardinal's exposure with another national broadcast (ESPN), it also poses logistical challenges, specifically parking.

Stanford classes and employees will operate on a normal schedule, therefore, game-day parking will be impacted.

All game-day parking lots will open at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Fans and community members should anticipate heavy traffic getting to, and around campus, starting at 4 p.m. and are strongly encouraged to arrive at Stanford as early as possible.

Among special lot hours, Lot 2 will open at 3 p.m. on Wednesday while the Track, Varsity and Sunken lots will be closed for commuters at 10 p.m. on Thursday. Fans with Varsity and Touchdown Galvez Lot passes will be permitted to park in the Groves surrounding the paved Galvez lot until 4 p.m. on Friday. After 4 p.m. that day, fans with these passes will be allowed to park in the paved lot, space permitting.

Caltrain will be accessible from Palo Alto and California Ave. stations but the Stanford Stadium station will not be open. Following the game, the last Northbound train will depart Palo Alto at 11:01 p.m. while the last Southbound train departs the station at 12:57 a.m.

Ample bike parking spaces are provided near Gates 3, 5 and 7 with security provided by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.

For parking questions, please contact Stanford Athletics Operations & Events at (650) 736-PARK or email athletics-parking@stanford.edu.

If you work at Stanford and are driving to campus on Friday morning:

* The Track and Varsity Lots will be closed to commuters beginning Thursday at 10 p.m. Only those with appropriate football parking permit or disabled placard will be allowed to park after that time.

* The Sunken Diamond Lot will be closed to commuters beginning Thursday at 10 p.m. Only those with appropriate football parking permit or disabled placard will be allowed to park after that time.

* Commuters who normally use these lots should park at Galvez lot (L-96), Eucalyptus Grove, or Lasuen Grove (accessible via Lasuen Street). All 'A' and 'C' permit holders may access these lots until 4 p.m. Permit holders parked in these areas do not need to move their cars at 4 p.m., but the lots will open to game-day attendees at 4 p.m.

* All other lots surrounding Stanford Stadium (Maples, Galvez, PS-7 (Business School Garage), Lot 9) will be open for normal business with "A" or "C" Stanford parking permits.

If you are driving to the game on Friday afternoon:

* All game-day parking lots will open at 1 pm. on Friday. Fans and community members should anticipate heavy traffic getting to and around campus starting at 4 p.m.

If you are taking public transportation to Friday's game:

* Due to increased traffic, anticipate delays to most campus Marguerite shuttle routes as early as 2 p.m. Allow extra time to make transit connections from the Marguerite.

* Caltrain will be accessible from Palo Alto and California Ave. stations but the Stanford Stadium station will not be open. Following the game, the last Northbound train will depart Palo Alto at 11:01 p.m. while the last Southbound train departs the station at 12:57 a.m.

(Check out the parking situation for Friday night's game)

— Stanford Athletics

Comments

9 people like this
Posted by Old Lady
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Why does Stanford have fireworks after football games? I live in SOUTH PALO ALTO (almost Mountain View) and I can hear them blasting away. Please save the fireworks for July 4th. It's so disrupting and unnecessary.


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Posted by Aaron
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Thought it was loud drumming at first, but then realized it was fireworks. I agree this is very inconsiderate (i live on campus, so it's extremely loud)


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Posted by Jim Robinson
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

It is completely disrespectful of their neighbors for these jokers to be blasting off fireworks at 10pm.


1 person likes this
Posted by Taylor
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Let them have some fun!


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Posted by Quanah
a resident of Southgate
on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Stanford has somehow forgotten that they are surrounded by residential neighborhoods. Many of the residents have small children who go to bed by 9:00 pm. Mine were awakened and terrified by the cannon-fire sound of fireworks that lasted nearly half an hour!

I am also sick of the football fans who simply move the police barricades aside and park in our neighborhoods anyway. How rude!

I wish someone had warned us about all of this before we bought this house so close to campus.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 11, 2014 at 3:53 am

Stanford 34, Washington State 17

Didn't anybody here ever go to college? With a winning team?
I guess some people don't want to be reminded about all the fun they missed.
I was fortunate to watch my team (not Stanford) at the Rose Bowl one year.
Do we really want our PAUSD kids to think college is all work and no celebration?
Stanford sets one of the finest and most inspiring examples of a university that I ever saw.


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Posted by Nope.
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 11, 2014 at 5:47 am

No point to the fireworks @ 10pm. We had all sorts of fun in college, with a winning team, without fireworks.
Makes me think the product on the field isn't worth the price of the ticket hen they have to use minor league baseball gimmicks to put butts in the seats.
Lame Stanford. All the cardinal fab-boy love won't change the lameness of the fireworks. Oh, and right during a red flag fire warning from CalFire too. Obviously, the Cards are not smart in all fields.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm

We're plenty far from Stanford campus, and are adults who can handle the noise, but I sympathize with residents with small children - all this bragging on a football win, yikes, how childish to set off fireworks. If one wins a national championship I'd grant them the noisy celebration, but this is just silly for a standard game in an easy league. Reminds me of their crowing over "beating" such non-football schools as US Davis.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I should have specified that you can see my neighborhood listed, it is not right by Stanford, but we certainly did hear the Stanford noise, and for some extended time.


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

I consider the fireworks payback for the precious little blocks near downtown PA who insist on closing the streets EVERYONE paid for so they have have their private parties.

it's a give and take world.


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

Despite what nope thinks, fireworks are at pro stadiums too. And I don't care for stanfurd, stanfurd football, or their racist fans.

Might want to look at where they are setting off the fireworks before invoking fire danger. But that would mean informing yourself.

And people complaining about living in a house that came DECADES after the university? They are smug and self serving...but if you live in 99% of the houses in PA...YOU are the newbie


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I wish that locals could receive alerts about expected noise after business hours. It would be nice to know ahead that there was to be fireworks. We also heard cheering and crowd noises all the way over here, on the westside of EPA.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I knew about the fireworks ahead of time since the PAPD had put out an alert on Facebook to prevent 911 calls. This not only told me to expect noise, but also not to go anywhere near Stanford because of dreadful traffic.

It seems that this article was posted last Tuesday. There was plenty of time to alert us about traffic and fireworks.

I too would like to see more local alerts sent out for traffic and other local issues.

Funny how we get alerted about a pancake breakfast, but no alerts about traffic being bad near Stanford for sport or fireworks.


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2014 at 2:00 am

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I get the PAPD traffic alerts for stanford football all the time. Sent right to my phone. And the nixle alerts for whatever traffic/crime/etc alert is going out...with a url to get extra information.

You have to sign up for it.


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Posted by Wayshegoes
a resident of Woodside
on Oct 13, 2014 at 2:48 am

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Sad that fireworks like many other things get a bad rap because of the lack of a little safety awareness. [Portion removed.]


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