As a sports enthusiast, I typically try to see a sporting event, if possible, while vacationing. And, for a long time, it’s been a goal of mine to attend three different sporting events in three days, in three nearby, but different cities. Or, as I like to call it: “A Sports Trifecta.” In previous years, the dates, events, or geography never aligned to make it possible for me to accomplish this. This past November, however, I began to investigate what was going on in different regions in the country where I could accomplish my task. I finally settled on the West Coast where I found three games in the Bay Area. So, if this was going to happen, now was the time as I was less than a month away from graduating with my master’s degree, which created the perfect opportunity to pursue this trip. Thus, my visit to California provided me with the perfect opportunity to complete the Trifecta.
To begin the trip, I flew to San Jose to catch a football game at Stanford University. Now the Trifecta was underway. I have always been interested in this school, so getting visit the campus in order to watch a football game was particularly meaningful. Located in Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, there is definitely a special feeling you get when you sit in the stands and watch this team take the field.
The Stanford Stadium is in a very convenient location, located across from Town & Country Village, which includes many places to eat and shop. I decided to eat at Gott’s Roadside for a burger and Tin Pot Creamery for ice cream. I loved both places and would definitely recommend if you are trying to see a game.
Inside the gates, you get an old time feel for collegiate football. There are tall trees that encompass the stadium, which creates a distraction free atmosphere. Unlike some modern college football stadiums, the Stanford Football stadium is at a perfect size so almost every seat is a great seat. It did not feel like a business, like some larger, ranked college football programs. This is partially due to their current record, but nevertheless, I don’t get the impression that’s the case.
I would definitely recommend seeing a Stanford Football game if you are ever in the Bay area. If the game is in November, bring a jacket!
Check out Part 2 of the Bay Area Sports Trifecta!