Stanford to Play Annual Cardinal and White Spring Football Game at Historic Kezar Stadium in San Francisco
Feb. 25, 2010
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Football announced today it will play its annual Cardinal and White Spring Game on Saturday, April 17 at historic Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, Calif.
Kickoff is set for 12 noon and admission is free.
Moving the game to Kezar Stadium, which is located on Stanyan Street at the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park, was necessitated because the playing surface at Stanford Stadium is being reseeded and the program's desire to broaden its Bay Area fan base.
'We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to play our annual Cardinal and White Spring Game at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco,' said Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football and head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'Although it has been remodeled over the years, Kezar Stadium is still one of the Bay Area's historic sporting venues. We are also excited for the opportunity to bring Stanford Football to the heart of San Francisco.'
Stanford first played a game at Kezar Stadium in 1928, defeating Idaho, 47-0 on October 20. Stanford played three games during the 1942 season at Kezar, losing to Santa Clara, 14-6 on Oct. 3 and posting wins over USC (14-6) and Washington (20-7) on Oct. 24 and Nov. 7, respectively.
The original Kezar Stadium was built in 1925 and had a capacity of nearly 60,000. It hosted a variety of sporting events, including football, soccer, lacrosse, boxing and rugby. In 1989, the stadium was demolished and a new, more modern facility was built. The new stadium capacity is 10,000.
Kezar Stadium has a rich tradition in football as well as collegiate sports. The original Kezar Stadium was the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers as well as the Oakland Raiders. Kezar has hosted the annual East-West Shrine Game more than 45 times over the game's history.
The old Kezar was also the home field to St. Mary's College, the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University. Since 1928, Kezar has hosted the annual city championship game for high school football.
Today, Kezar still hosts collegiate sporting events, most recently a lacrosse game between Brown and North Carolina in October 2009.
Stanford begins spring practice on Monday, March 1.