Some 50,000 fans are expected to attend this weekend’s college football clash between Stanford and UC-Berkeley, meaning the 2015 edition of the Big Game could result in big traffic and parking headaches. That’s why fans should make Caltrain part of their trip to Stanford Stadium on Saturday night.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m., and four northbound trains—departing the San Jose Diridon station at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.—will stop at the Stanford Stadium Caltrain Station in time for the contest. Additionally, four southbound trains, leaving from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:15 p.m., will also make stops at the Stanford station, which is located above Embarcadero Road at Alma Street—a short walk to the football stadium.
Caltrain will also run two Express Trains, departing from the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 5:10 p.m. and 6:10 p.m., that will make stops at three stations before arriving at the Stanford Stadium stop at 5:49 p.m. and 6:49 p.m., respectively.
An extra northbound train will depart from the Stanford Stadium station approximately 30 minutes after the game ends and will make all local stops. That is in addition to two northbound trains and two southbound trains that are regularly-scheduled to stop at the station following the game. More information about the Big Game service can be found here.
The Palo Alto Caltrain Station also is a convenient alternative for travelling to Stanford home games. All Saturday trains serve the Palo Alto station, which is located one-half mile north of the stadium station.
Despite coming off a close loss to Oregon, Stanford is still in the running for a chance to capture the Pac-12 football crown, but the Cardinal will need to beat their cross-bay rival Cal for a chance to grab that title. Saturday’s game will mark the 118th time these two teams have squared off in the rivalry known as the Big Game.
There are no ticket machines at the Stanford station and riders are advised to purchase a Caltrain Day Pass at their departure station before boarding the train to the game. Customers traveling with a Clipper card (8-ride Ticket or Clipper cash) are advised to use the Palo Alto station. The Stanford Stadium station doesn’t have Clipper machines. Caltrain is a Proof-of-Payment system and all passengers must have a valid ticket.
Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are not allowed on game day trains beginning at 9 p.m.
For additional information about train service and fares, call Caltrain at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448), or visit http://www.caltrain.com.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 50,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad will celebrate 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor by 2019, reducing diesel emissions by 84 percent and adding more service to more stations.