In Game

When you first step foot in Stanford Stadium, you’ll feel the aura of playing in one of the oldest and most famous stadiums in all of football. You’ll be watching the game in the stadium where all-time greats like John Elway and Andrew Luck played before making it to the NFL, as well as where two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Joe Montana, and Dan Marino, duked it out in Super Bowl XIX. The place oozes with history, so take it all in as you cheer on the Cardinal.

Stanford Stadium’s capacity has been decreased drastically over the years as today it provides a much more intimate experience than in the past. Today’s iteration of the stadium gives you excellent sight lines as it’s clear recent renovations had the fan’s’ viewing experience in mind. The picturesque scenery around the stadium also will enhance your visual experience as the grove of redwoods and the nearby hillside enhance an already excellent atmosphere.

The fans are also critical in providing a great game day experience as they come out strong to support the Cardinal. Everyone dresses in cardinal red for game days, so make sure to dress the part as you’ll want to fit in. Also be sure to not wear Cal colors as you’ll surely be ostracized for doing so. Join in the game day fun by learning the chants and cheers to get the most out of your Stanford game day experience.

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Stanford Stadium

Stanford Stadium itself is something every football fan should take in as not only is it one of the oldest college football stadiums in the country, but it is also one of only two college stadiums to have hosted the Super Bowl. Don’t let the new renovations fool you this place is packed with history, so make the trip to Palo Alto to see where some of the greatest players in the game's history have played.

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Stanford Band

The Stanford band is one of the wildest and craziest bands in all of sports. In the past, the band has been reprimanded several times for pulling pranks and has even been banned from other playing fields. When attending a Stanford football game keep your eyes on the band as you never know what crazy stunts they’ll pull next.

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The Stanford Tree

The Stanford Tree is one of the more colorful mascots in all of college sports as it is the official mascot of the Stanford Band rather than the university. The Tree is also the only mascot in all of sports that is rebuilt every year rather than having a fixed costume. Keep your eyes peeled for the Tree as it will surely provide plenty of entertainment throughout the game.

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The Stanford Axe

The Stanford Axe is awarded to the winner of the Big Game, which is played annually between Stanford and Cal. The axe had a long-running history of being stolen back and forth by these two rivals, which eventually led to it becoming a rivalry trophy for the Big Game in 1933. One of the more unique aspects of this trophy is that the score of the 1982 matchup is changed depending on what school holds the trophy as the debate about The Play rages on.

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Nerd Nation

This is the what the legion of Stanford student fans call themselves when supporting their team. The students in the student section show their love and support for the Cardinal by wearing fake nerd glass and nerd nation T-shirts, so if you’re looking to take in a Cardinal game with some of the wildest fans then look no further than the student section.

Fight Songs

  1. All Right Now

    "All Right Now” has become somewhat of a de facto fight song for the Cardinal as it is often played throughout the game. It even has gotten so popular that it has displaced the official fight song at football games.



    There she stood in the street

    smilin’ from her head to her feet;


    I said, “Hey, what is this?

    Now maybe, baby,

    maybe she’s in need of a kiss.”


    I said, “Hey, what’s your name?

    Maybe we can see things the same.


    “Now don’t you wait, or hesitate.

    Let’s move before they raise the parking rate.”


    All right now, baby, it’s a-all right now.

    All right now, baby, it’s a-all right now.


    (Let me tell you now)


    I took her home to my place,

    Watchin’ every move on her face;


    She said, “Look, what’s your game?

    Are you tryin’ to put me to shame?”


    I said “Slow, don’t go so fast,

    don’t you think that love can last?”


    She said, “Love, Lord above,

    now you’re tryin’ to trick me in love.”


    All right now, baby, it’s a-all right now.

    All right now, baby, it’s a-all right now.

  2. Come Join the Band

    Come on Join the Band” has been the official Stanford fight song since 1907, so join in on its singing the next time you attend a Cardinal football game. The song pumps up the fans and is a great way to get in on the Stanford spirit.

    Come join the band,

    And give a cheer for Stanford Red!

    Throughout the land

    Our banner waving overhead.

    Stanford for you,

    Each loyal comrade brave and true,

    With might and main sings this refrain:

    Forever and forever Stanford Red!


    After the game,

    When Stanford Red has won the day,

    Praising her name,

    Onto the field we’ll force our way.

    And on the green,

    Each man who joins the serpentine,

    With might and main sings this refrain:

    Forever and forever Stanford Red!

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