The Stanford University Big Game
Whether or not you're a fan of football, there's no denying the traditions leading up to the Big Game between Stanford and Cal and there's absolutely no reason to miss out on all the fun. To learn more about getting tickets to the Big Game go to www.calbears.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/cal-m-footbl-sched.html or www.gostanford.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/stan-m-footbl-sched.html.
Stanford University Hotel Accommodation -Just 1.5 miles from football games at Stanford University, our exceptional Menlo Park hotel is the perfect place to call home after an exciting game and tailgating or visiting students on campus. Guests of the Menlo Park Inn experience luxury boutique hotel services and distinctive amenities, including complimentary Continental Breakfast with a Belgian waffle station, free high-speed wireless Internet access, attentive service and sophisticated accommodations featuring stylish furnishings and luxury bedding.
Stanford Cal Big Game Celebrations -Half the fun of the Big Game rivalry between the Stanford and Cal football teams are the parties and events that take place in the week leading up to the game. Both Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley mark the annual game by holding reunions and rallies. Traditionally on the night of the game, Cal Berkeley's students hold a bonfire and pep rally at the historic Greek Theatre. Meanwhile, in Palo Alto, Stanford students hold "The Big Splash" water polo event and a corresponding "Big Freeze" hockey event. Stanford University students also stage their annual production of the Gaieties, a theatre piece that celebrates the rivalry in hilarious comedic fashion. Even the journalist department gets involved with the "Ink Bowl." Fought between the members of the Cal and Stanford newspapers, it's a more mild-mannered touch football version of the "Big Game" rivalry.
Cal Stanford Big Game History -Not just one of the biggest events in the Bay Area, the Big Game enjoys one of the richest histories in all of college football. Dating back to the very first "Big Game" in 1892, when Stanford beat the University of California 14-10, the rivalry between these two teams has raged almost unabated and is filled with fun facts. Future United States President Herbert Hoover managed that very first Stanford football team to victory in 1892. Ranking as the NCAA Division's tenth longest rivalry, Stanford has bested Cal historically with more wins, leading by more than 20 games as of 2009. Built on tradition, each year the location of the Big Game between Stanford and Cal alternates, with the game being played at Berkeley in even-numbered years and at Stanford in