The Stanford football team isn’t the only group working hard to prepare for next Saturday night’s season-opener against San Jose State. Many upgrades and changes have been made at Stanford Stadium by Stanford Athletics to enhance the quality and overall game day experience for fans.
In an effort to provide fans a safe and secure environment, Stanford Athletics has updated its stadium entry policy. In addition to updating its prohibited items policy, Stanford Athletics will also conduct thorough bag checks upon entry. Bags more than 12x12x15’’ in size will not be allowed into the stadium. Fans with bags are encouraged to allow 15 minutes to complete the search process before entering the stadium. However, fans without bags will be admitted through express lanes located at every gate.
The new limits on bags being
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The most notable changes inside Stanford Stadium are two new HD video boards, the same being installed at the new 49er stadium in Santa Clara. The boards are high definition capable, have a higher pixel density for sharper, clearer pictures, and have the ability to provide closed-captioning of the public address announcer into text on the boards. Stanford is believed to be the only college/university stadium in the country with TWIN, full-sized high definition video boards.
In addition, the sound system has been replaced with a new fiber optic controlled system. Non-functional speakers and speaker drivers have been replaced. What this means is clearer, cleaner sound that can immediately be adjusted on a system control screen.
Fans should also enjoy the new 360-degree ribbon boards – another Stanford-first -- that circle the entire stadium, a length of 1,673 feet. They will provide real-time stats and scores from sporting events around the country.
Foodies will be excited to learn that your feedback about the concession stands was taken to heart by Stanford Residential & Dining Enterprises in partnership with Stanford Athletics. New food concepts will be introduced, including in-house signature brands from Axe & Palm and Alaskan seafood and fish & chips from The Catch. National brands like Starbacks, SushiDo, Subway and California Pizza Kitchen will also be available, along with gourmet sausages and healthy fruit and vegetable options by Evolution Fresh. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted at the majority of the concessions, and Stanford faculty, staff and students can go cashless with the new “GoStanfordCard.”
New food items include: Crab salad sandwich, grilled bratwurst, barbecue pork ribs and chicken, barbecue chicken salad, chicken skewers, rice bowl, wraps, Chicago hotdogs, freshly-popped popcorn, drizzled chocolate popcorn, yogurt cups, fresh fruit cups, and healthy burritos. Even the price of water has been lowered from $5 to $4.
To speed up the ordering process, there are new, easy-to-read video menu boards. They have the ability to change menu items during or between games, delete sold-out items, and can be changed to suit each game’s opponent.
Other improvements will be noticed at Fan Fest, which will feature gourmet food trucks, cold beer, coaches’ chalk talks, a performance by the Stanford Band, and special attractions. Fan Fest is presented by Stanford Athletics, Cardinal Sports and the Buck/Cardinal Club, and is located across from Stanford Stadium in the hammer throw area of Cobb Track & Angell Field. Gates open 2½ hours before kick-off and admission is free.
In addition, Stanford computer science professor has created a mobile application called Stanford Events that helps visitors efficiently commute to campus for events, including Stanford Football. Fans may download the app on iOS and Google Play for free.
Once again, Stanford Athletics has partnered with AT&T to provide improved free WiFi in Stanford Stadium. For access, change your WiFi setting to ATTWifi and connect to the network.
Finally, mobile ticket delivery is now available. Single game ticket buyers may now choose for mobile ticket delivery, which sends tickets in a Mobile PDF or Passbook format via email immediately after your ticket purchase. Season ticket holders may transfer tickets to friends which can be delivered to their mobile device. Present your tickets on your smartphone at the gate.