SOURCE: Stanford Athletics

August 22, 2006 18:52 ET

Stanford Stadium Grand Opening Plans Finalized

Palo Alto Community to Kick Off Grand Opening Festivities

STANFORD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2006 -- Stanford Athletics today announced its plans for the September 16 Grand Opening of Stanford Stadium, which promises to be a memorable and interactive event.

The Grand Opening festivities begin on Wednesday, September 13 when the Palo Alto community gathers for a noontime pep rally in Lytton Plaza. Head football coach Walt Harris and members of the Stanford football team will be present to kick off the "Rally in the Plaza," along with City dignitaries and community leaders.

The celebration continues on Friday, September 15, with a Grand Opening Block Party sponsored by the city of Palo Alto. The Block Park, scheduled from 6-7:15pm at the Civic Center Plaza, will bring Stanford Athletics and City representatives together for an official hand off of the city's ceremonial scissors, which will be used during the Grand Opening ribbon cutting. Entertainment, contests, give-aways and special appearances from former Stanford football greats, the Navy "Leap Frog" Parachute Team and other dignitaries are also scheduled to take place.

By the afternoon of Saturday, September 16, the Grand Opening festivities will be in full swing as fans arrive early to set up their pre-game tailgate parties and wait in anticipation for the stadium gates to open at 5:30pm.

Pre-Game Ceremonies Commence at 6:25pm

Just prior to the 7pm kickoff, Stanford fans will be asked to take part in the pre-game ceremonies, which begin promptly at 6:25pm.

To start, U.S. Navy jet flyovers and a special entrance by the Navy "Leap Frog" Team will take place, followed by an all-stadium card stunt, which will require the participation of every fan. As the Stanford squad prepares to take the field for the first time in the new Stanford Stadium, fans will help form a giant sized Cardinal ribbon card stunt throughout the stadium that will cascade onto the field where the ribbon cutting ceremony will take place. The opening ceremony will conclude with the singing of the National Anthem and pyrotechnics display, followed by the traditional coin toss.

Grand Opening Season

In celebration of our grand opening season, each home game will have a special opening and halftime ceremony:

--  September 16 vs. Navy:  "A Cardinal Ribbon Grand Opening"
--  September 23 vs. Washington State:  "A New Year Begins - A Salute to
    Stanford's Student Body"
--  October 14 vs. Arizona:  "Welcome Home Alumni - A Homecoming Reunion"
--  November 4 vs. USC:  "A Tradition of Excellence - A Tribute to
    Stanford's Faculty"
--  November 18 vs. Oregon State: "A Salute to the American Family"
About the New Stanford Stadium

Home to Stanford Football since 1921, Stanford Stadium is undergoing major construction to transform the venue into a state-of-the-art college football facility. The single most important capital project in the history of Stanford Athletics, the new Stanford Stadium will mark the beginning of a new era for Stanford Football. With support from fans, the University, and the Department of Athletics, the new stadium is poised to become a recognized Bay Area destination offering players and spectators an intimate and electrifying game experience with modernized amenities and enhanced features. The $90 million stadium project, funded by the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) Investment Fund, alumni and friends of Stanford University, will open its doors on September 16, 2006. For more information on the new Stanford Stadium, call (650) 725.STADIUM, visit our web site or email

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