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Bay area college football question.... from a UK chap who knows nothing hah

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  1. simonay

    simonay Low-Roller

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    I'm heading to San Francisco for a few days in September after enjoying Vegas and with a spare saturday i thought about watching some college football.

    Some quick research suggests that both California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinals are in the area and playing on September 12th against San Diego State and UCF Knights respectively.

    I'd be grateful for your advice on which of these games i should go and watch based on the following:-

    - Ease of transport from middle of San Fran via public transport
    - Quality of game (ie competitive or a blowout likely)
    - Atmosphere at the game
    - Other things to do around the stadium / location
    - Any thing else you can suggest
     
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    I've not been to Memorial Stadium since the re-do. But it's a beautiful setting. I love tailgating at the Farm and the do-over works nicely but the regular seating is as bad as anything in the Pac short of the Rose Bowl or Sun Devil Stadium when the aluminum is 345-degrees F. I think CalTrain runs right near Stanford Stadium and BART should service Cal. I'd guess Stanford/UCF would be the "better" game though SDSU is trending upward. Stanford over Cal for in-stadium vibe.

    (For the record, it is Cardinal, as in the color ... don't ask. The mascot is insanely lame.)
     
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    Thanks very much for that Ken, most appreciated!

    I assume the Farm relates to Stanford?

    It looks like as you said Caltrain gets me to Stanford in about 1.5 hours and the Bart gets me to Memorial Stadium in 45 mins direct. Occasionally people refer to me as bear (for being tall, hairy and grumpy i imagine) so it might be fun to go there and get some souvenirs as well. Tickets seem pretty cheap at Cal too from Stubhub...

    I'm heavily leaning towards Cal then, anyone else want to point me in a different direction?
     
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    Cal tickets are cheap because Cal plays football like, well, Cal and it's Berkeley, so the fan base is disinterested. Berkeley itself is FAR more colorful than urbane Stanford and Palo Alto. Of the four, Stanford is the best team if not to the standard of several years ago (when they were our nemesis ... bastards).
     
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    Cal would be way easier to get to via BART. There are also more bars, interesting things to do around CAL then Stanford. Stanford is in a upscale part of Palo Alto with not much other then a few nice shopping areas around. Stanford has a nice small stadium and a great team, but CAL gets better crowd participation and has some nice bars around the stadium with cool stuff on game day. Plus with SDSU being an instate team, should be a good crowd for the game.
     
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    :wave: been to 50+ Stanford or Cal games over the years. as Ken2v has said caltrain to Stanford, bart to Cal. myself i would try the STANFORD game. Stanford has had a LOT better team than Cal these last few years. just like the atmosphere better there too. also since they have a good team, ticket price may be higher. i remember going to STANFORD vs NOTRE DAME game for $12.00 now same game is $140.00 general admission. have fun. :beer:
     
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    Also I should mention, neither of these crowds will compare to a SEC, Big 10, or Big 12 atmosphere, in both size and cheering. It's the bay area in the fall, great weather and many other things to do.
     
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    From a football team perspective Stanford is a much better team........for me from an experience standpoint I'd do Cal. Fun area, BART is great for transportation, and I think the game will be a good one.

    Have fun either way, it's a win win :):):)
     
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    Just for a spectator who does not know the game, Cal may be a better team to watch as there should be more action. Goff is a really, really good quarterback so there will be points scored.
     
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    Games at Cal are more fun than Stanford. Coeds tanning on the grass as you walk up Bancroft from BART to Memorial stadium, lots of good bars, more relaxed atmosphere.
     
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    Thanks everyone, i do know the game quite a bit, just not the college game :)

    In the last hour i've developed a strong affinity with the Cal Bears, they are the same colours as my football (soccer) team growing up so i'm picking them haha
     
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    Free Jeff Tedford!
     
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    Judging by the experiences of some people I've been with at Del Mar and Santa Anita, as they made picks based on jockey colors, that should work as well as anything.
     
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    I always thought pretty highly of him Ken.
    Now the guy at that school across town in the center of the urban environment, well, he's a different story.
     
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    I think some bar in Westwood needs to invent a Sark-inspired adult beverage, call it the 8-4.

    Next thing someone's gonna tell us is Traveler is a gelding.
     
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    Would you guys recommend any good places online to buy jerseys? I'm thinking definitely Raiders and maybe Bears. Obviously there's the team shops but in the UK its normally cheaper going elsewhere, is it the same in the US?

    I can have it delivered to a US address so it doesn't need to be a specialist or anything, just a chain who's well known for good deals would be great.
     
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    I'm the other way, I don't really have much of an affinity for the NFL. I mean, as a sports fan I LOVE the childish absurdity of Roger v. the Cheater and the angst it has engendered in a lot of folks, how idiotically serious the league takes itself, and regionally, I developed into a Seahawks "fan" growing up/through the years, but even at that I've only seen about 10 minutes of the team's two Super Bowl appearances as we're usually out doing other things on Big Game Sunday. I understand the game, I'll watch games in season, I have the usual this team/not that team prejudices, but my football fever burns for the college game.
     
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    And i hear that a lot, for me its been about access growing up mostly in a dawn before the internet. In the UK you simply wouldn't be able to watch College games unless its on a random ppv channel showing live games at silly o clock in the morning. The NFL always had the Madden games, highlights on terrestial tv and so i've grown up with a bit of that.

    Thats why i'm keen to try out this college football though, and i hate Goodell too, there is bound to be a massive holdout at the next CBA over personal conduct and his (or the leagues) control over the game...
     
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    Oh, fear not, I have about as much disdain for the prima donna players, too.
     
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