Stanford University – Cardinal Tailgating

Stanford University – Cardinal Tailgating

After winning three conference titles in the first six seasons after the conference expanded to 12 teams, the Cardinals hit a roadblock last year. For the first time under head coach David Shaw’s tenure, they were unable to successfully run the ball. A midseason switch to an offense that relied on the passing arm of NFL-prospect quarterback K.J. Costello was a drastic identity change from their historical throwback physical style. And it paid off with four wins to end the season.

While the 2019 early season schedule is daunting, one thing that Cardinal fans will always relish is the tailgating scene. One of the most beautiful destinations in all of college football, the weather is near-heaven perfect with temperatures somewhere near 70 all season.

With over 100 years of football history, Stanford students and alumni put on quite a show for game-day visitors. Festivities begin during The Walk to the stadium, begun in the 1920s, led by the Leland Stanford University Marching Band, who have a reputation for pranks and shenanigans. You never know what, but you can be sure they are planning something mischievous.

Many Stanford fans appreciate such sophistication as tablecloths and stemware at their tailgates. Whereas at Fan Fest, you’ll find a variety of pregame activities for the whole family. No matter your preference, be prepared to cheer the Cards and heckle the opponent with all the wit and ingenuity of a Stanford student.