A football's distinctive construction allows it to be thrown in a tight spiral, kicked through the uprights, or filled with helium so that it can return to its mother, the blimp overhead. Take possession with this GrouponLive deal.
- $15 for one ticket to see the Stanford Cardinal take on the San Jose St. Spartans in their season opener in Sunny Goal seating (a $35 value)
- $11 for one ticket to see the Stanford Cardinal take on the San Jose St. Spartans in their season opener in Corner/End seating (a $30 value)
- When: Saturday, September 7, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Stanford Stadium
- Seating: Sunny Goal or Corner/End
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
The Scouting Report
Eying a trip to the National Title game at season's end, the Cardinal rumble into a new season ranked fourth in the nation. The team cemented its place amongst college football's elite last fall, finishing with eight straight wins and a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The 2012 season also saw Stanford win its first Pac-12 championship since 1999—a year when every team got a trophy since the world was about to end anyway. On September 7, the Cardinal defend their home turf against a familiar foe in the San Jose St. Spartans. The two teams met on opening day last season, too, with Stanford pulling out a 20-17 win.
As the Cardinal and Spartans line up before the kickoff, Stanford Stadium becomes a frenzied, bright-red mosaic of 50,000 cheering fans, while two video boards broadcast highlights in clear detail.
Stanford Cardinal Athletics
Having amassed 103 NCAA Championships in its proud history, one thing is clear about Stanford athletic programs: they don’t need an official mascot. Though the Stanford tree sometimes makes an appearance, the Stanford Cardinal actually refers to the school’s cardinal-red color scheme. Either way, the school has never suffered for lacking a spirit animal; it holds the second-most NCAA Championships of any school in the country, and its athletic program has won 18 straight Director’s Cups—an award bestowed upon the school that wins the most total championships across all sports. The athletic powerhouse’s Hall of Fame reads like a veritable who’s-who of influential athletes, from recent inductee and Olympic gold medal swimmer Misty Hyman to tennis icon John McEnroe, who perfected his brash brand of tennis and mild-mannered ping-pong style on the Stanford campus.