If you go to a Stanford game expecting a ton of fanfare around a football game, you’ll probably be disappointed, especially if the team is, say, 1-9 when you visit. Palo Alto not being a football-crazy town shouldn’t come as any surprise, though.
At this point in the season, the Stanford faithful that are still going to the games are REALLY faithful. And by that, I mean I could count the number of students tailgating on one hand. Seriously. What does that mean as far as who actually was tailgating? It means that the majority of tailgaters skewed a bit older. Nothing wrong with that, but let’s just say that it would be very surprising to hear about any noise complaints in the area.
I haven’t spent too much time in Palo Alto in awhile, but I’ve gotta say, it’s better than I remembered. Of the smaller college towns I’ve been to, I’d say Palo Alto has the best downtown area. Basically, it’s fairly clean, with good food, drink, and entertainment options.
Anyway, like I said before, the people at the game generally were older and more reserved, but given how bad the team is this year, it’s really hard to expect anybody to be crazy about Stanford football. Either they were all truly supportive fans, or there just wasn’t anything else to do. I suspect it’s a little bit of both.
Stanford remodeled the stadium, so you’d think you’d have at least a season’s worth of enthusiastic attendance, but I’d say a little less than half of Stanford Stadium was Oregon State fans. The stadium is really nice, by the way, and at the very least, it’s a good dealmaker if you’re considering going to an away game in Palo Alto.
All that said, Stanford made for some unexpectedly fun video. Enjoy the episode.