Stanford to play spring football game at Kezar 

Stanford announced it will play its annual Cardinal and White spring football game on April 17 at historic Kezar Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 12 noon and admission is free.

Moving the game to Kezar Stadium, located on Stanyan Street in the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park, was necessitated because the playing surface at Stanford Stadium is being reseeded along with the program’s desire to broaden its Bay Area fan base.

“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to play our annual Cardinal and White Spring Game at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Although it has been remodeled over the years, Kezar Stadium is still one of the Bay Area’s historic sporting venues. We are also excited for the opportunity to bring Stanford football to the heart of San Francisco.”

Stanford first played a game at Kezar Stadium in 1928, defeating Idaho, 47-0 on Oct. 20. Stanford played three games during the 1942 season at Kezar, losing to Santa Clara, 14-6 on Oct. 3 and posting wins over USC (14-6) and Washington (20-7) on Oct. 24 and Nov. 7, respectively.

The original Kezar Stadium was built in 1925 and had a capacity of nearly 60,000. It hosted a variety of sporting events, including football, soccer, lacrosse, boxing and rugby. In 1989, the stadium was demolished and a new, more modern facility was built. The new stadium capacity is 10,000.

Since 1928, Kezar has hosted the annual city championship game for high school football.

Stanford begins spring practice on Monday.

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