Atmosphere

Stanford is one of the most beautiful tailgate destinations in all of college football. Here you’ll find tree-lined groves along with manicured laws that make you feel like you’ve died and gone to tailgate heaven. The weather is also great at Stanford as temperatures range from the high 60s to high 70s all throughout the season.

At Stanford, you’ll also find a wide variety of tailgates, which is fantastic for fans as you’ll surely be able to find other fans who you’ll group will fit right in with. There are plenty of family-friendly pregame activities abound for those of you who want to bring the kids along to take in a Stanford football game. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find places to get a bit wilder if that’s what you’re looking for. Many Stanford fans also appreciate a bit fancier tailgating digs as you will often see people using nicer table clothes and stemware on occasion. No matter who or how you like to tailgate you’ll surely have a great time as you prepare yourself to cheer on the Cardinal to victory.

Traditions

The Walk

The Walk started in the 1920's when the locker room was located in the Encina Gym, currently the Arrillaga Center. Before home games, the Cardinal would walk across campus. Now the walk led by Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB) two hours before the game.

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Fan Fest

At Fan Fest you’ll find a whole slew of activities and events that will keep you entertained until kickoff. Here not only can you grab a beer from the beer tent and some grub from the best food trucks in the Bay Area, but you can also take part in a variety of fun pregame activities. It’s the perfect pregame destination for the whole family as these activities will not only entertain adults but children as well.

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Toby the Van

This tricked out tailgate vehicle named after former Stanford running back Toby Gerhart can be found in Lot 2. Here you can join in on the tailgate party for a donation ranging from $10 to $20, which will provide you with all the food and beer you could ever want.

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Big Game Rally

Stanford used to hold a bonfire each year before the The Big Game, however this practice was ended due to the potential destruction of the California Tiger Salamander habitat. Today you can find a Big Game Rally on campus, which features fireworks and very enthusiastic students. If you want to get into the Stanford spirit prior to The Big Game then stop by the rally.

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Bearial

Another tradition surrounding The Big Game is the funeral for the Cal mascot, Oski, which takes place the Monday before the game. Each year an Oski effigy is impaled on the Claw Fountain in anticipation for The Big Game.

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