You could call it a win-win: The football squad of Leland Stanford Junior University will be playing a game here in San Francisco -- and they'll be spending tons of money in our broke, broke city.
Stanford has announced it will be playing its annual "Cardinal and White" intersquad spring game at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium at noon on April 17; admission is free.
Admission isn't free for Stanford, however: The school will be paying undisclosed usage fees for the field (Recreation and Park Department spokesman Elton Pon said those numbers haven't been finalized and Stanford athletics spokesman Jim Young simply said he couldn't say). And, on top of that, Stanford is tossing $10,000 Rec and Parks' way. Think they could use the money?
Young said that with Stanford Stadium being re-seeded, the football team had to look elsewhere for the first time he can recall to play its annual intersquad game. "We had other options," he says of non-Kezar venues. "But after we got into discussions it made a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. It's the cradle of football here in the Bay Area. And it broadens our fan base."
The game is a hard-hitting, full-contact affair -- though, yes, quarterbacks will be wearing the yellow "Don't hit me, I'm a quarterback" jerseys. Interestingly, says Young, the game isn't the standard A-team vs. B-team affair. Instead, Stanford's coaches will "draft" their teams about a week prior to the contest.
"It's a very competitive game," he said. As for who Cal fans ought to root for, Young doesn't even pretend to know. But the answer is obvious: We're rooting for the Rec and Park Department! Go team!