Overview for the 2019-20 Season
This year's Stanford Women's Basketball team looks like a team worth following -- maybe all the way to New Orleans in April. So, if that sounds like fun, here are some helpful hints.
LIVE LINKS from the schedule page at go.stanford.com will take you to the purchase tickets site for ALL away games. Just click on the team name on the schedule page.
Now that the USF game is past, most of the Pre-season games are home games. The exceptions are the Thanksgiving Tournament in Victoria, Canada (Nov. 28 -30) and the University of Texas game in Austin, Texas on Dec. 22.
Thanksgiving in Victoria: Games Nov. 28, 29, 30
The tournament website (http://victoriainvitational.com) provides all the needed information with links to buy tickets and make reservations at the Stanford headquarters hotel (Fairmont). Tickets appear to be by individual session rather than a total tournament ticket. Tickets prices per session are from $20 Canadian to $125 Canadian. Rooms at the Fairmont for the NCAA room block start at about $220 Canadian (about $170 US). At this writing there are cheaper rooms at the hotel available through other websites, but that may change. Canada, Alaska, and Delta have flights from all Bay Area airports to Victoria. All flights require at least one connection, usually through Seattle. Southwest flies to Seattle. Another option is to fly to Seattle and either rent a car or take public transportation (ferry) to Victoria. That probably only makes sense if you are making a full week of the trip.
University of Texas: Dec. 22
Live links from the gostanford.com web site will take you to the UT ticket purchase page. Tickets are also available at various resale sites. The visitor's bench is in front of Section 49 and across from Section 36. Air travel to Austin is available from all Bay Area airports. Southwest, Alaska, United, Delta, American, and Frontier have flights depending on which airport you prefer. There are a variety of hotels located within a mile of the Frank Erwin arena (1701 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701-1438) where the game will be played.
Once the Pac-12 schedule begins, Stanford has away games at Cal, the Washington schools, the Oregon schools, Utah and Colorado, and the Arizona schools. This year there is no away trip to Southern California. Most people will probably fly to one of the locations and drive between them. However, some airlines will have prices on "open jaw" (fly to one city, fly home from another) or one-way tickets that are competitive with round trip tickets.
Depending on your willingness to pay for one-way rental cars (almost always considerably more expensive), there are flights to and from the Bay Area on all major airlines (including Southwest) to all of the relevant cites EXCEPT Boulder (U of Colorado), where the best airport choice is Denver, about a 1 1/2 hour drive to Boulder. Prices for flights can vary widely, and "sale" prices come and go. For best prices, you may want to search one of the various flight search sites such as google flights, kayak, Orbitz and Expedia. Sometimes one can save money by booking a package with hotel and or rental car along with the flights -- so it can pay to check.
Most of the away games are Friday evening/Sunday either 11 am or 12 noon start times. The exception is the Oregon State/ Oregon game where the matchup between two top ranked programs has drawn a Thursday night ESPN2 showcase time of 6:00 pm.
The driving distance between the two locations varies from the low of about 1 hour for the connection between Eugene and Corvallis to the high of over eight hours between Salt Lake and Boulder.
Jan. 12 (Sunday): Cal 5:00 pm
The Cal campus website indicates that on campus disabled parking is ONLY available for people with BOTH a disability placard AND a CAL permit -- which means probably not any of us. There are a number of paid city and university lots with parking at least theoretically available. For public transportation to the CAL game, you can get to Haas Pavilion by Bus, BART or Train. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby - Bus: 36, 51B, 52, 6 Train: CC BART: ORANGE, RED At this time there is no planned pre or post game gathering location for Stanford fans and no plans for a bus from campus. Any suggestions?
Jan. 16 (Thursday): Oregon 6:00 pm
Tickets may be available through the school's website located by clicking the live link from the gostanford.com web page. They can also be purchased through a variety of resale sites. The game will be played at Mathew Knight Arena (1390 Villard St, Eugene 97403). Eugene is fairly compact. There are a number of hotels within one mile of the arena, more within two miles.
Jan. 19: Oregon State 12:00 noon
Tickets may be available through the school's website located by clicking the live link from the gostanford.com web page. They can also be purchased through a variety of resale sites. The game will be played at Gill Coliseum (660 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331). The closest hotel appears to be the Hilton Garden Inn Corvallis.
Oregon Travel Tips
Fastbreak Clubber Joan Boothe, (email@example.com), an Oregon native, has several suggestions for the Oregon trip and also is glad to provide specific guidance to fans who contact her directly.
For Corvallis -- she reports that the Hilton Garden Inn is definitely the closest hotel to the basketball venue. It's about a block away, very walkable. Everything else is a good deal father away, requires driving. All the good places to eat in Corvallis are downtown.
For Eugene -- there are several hotels directly across the street from the arena. Joan recommends the Best Western New Oregon, excellent breakfast. There are many good places to eat in Eugene, most downtown, many more than in Corvallis. Given that Eugene is a bit more cosmopolitan than Corvallis, people might want to consider staying in Eugene the full time and commuting to Corvallis for the game there. It's an easy one-hour drive.
For getting tickets, you might call the athletic department ticket offices. That's a better option if you're not familiar with the venues, and the people on the phone are very helpful
Between Games: There is time to do a lot, and the Corvallis/Eugene nexus offers a lot of possibilities. Weather may affect the direction one heads ago. The Oregon coast is great, about 1 1/2 hours from either town, and a good choice at any time of year. In the other direction, to the east, the Cascades are fantastic, but in January, it's possible that weather and road conditions could be an issue. Close to the Eugene/Corvallis, lots of opportunities to go wine tasting -- either in immediate Eugene area, or father north, toward Portland, into the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country.
Jan. 31, Washington (Seattle) 7:00 pm.
The visitor's bench is in front of Section 2, opposite Section 7. Tickets are available through the University website (reached through the live link on the gostanford.com webpage) and various resale sites. There are flights on United, Alaska, Delta, and Southwest from all Bay Area airports to Seattle. Seattle is a very spread out city, so you may want to search for a hotel near the Alaska Airlines arena where basketball games are played (3870 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98105).
Feb. 2 Washington State (Pullman) 12 noon.
The arena map doesn't identify the Visitor's bench, but a reasonable guess (based on ticket availability) is that the visitor's bench is in front of Section 15 and opposite Section 31. Tickets are available through the University's ticket office (reached through the live link on the gostanford.com webpage) and various resale sites. The 285-mile drive to Pullman (Washington State) should take less than five hours, allowing for a roundtrip Seattle flight with a Sunday late afternoon/evening return. Alaska Airlines flies back to the Bay Area from Pullman through Seattle.
Feb. 14: Utah 6:00 pm (PST)
The game will be played at the John Huntsman arena (1825 S Campus Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84112). Tickets may be available through the school's website located by clicking the live link from the gostanford.com web page. They can also be purchased through a variety of resale sites.
Fastbreak Club fan Stephen Perlman (firstname.lastname@example.org) is planning on attending the Utah game and would like to coordinate with Stanford fans. He has provided his cell phone (# 310-600-0580). He recommends the Marriott across from the Utah campus as a place to stay.
Feb. 16: Colorado 11:00 am (PST)
The game will be played at the Colorado University Events Center (950 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309). Tickets are available through the University's ticket office (reached through the live link on the gostanford.com webpage) and various resale sites. Although not clearly marked, it appears that the Visitor's bench will be in front of Section 10.
Feb. 28: Arizona 5:00 pm (PST)
The game will be played at McKale Center in Tucson. The visitor's bench is in front of Section 2, opposite Section 16. Tickets may be available through the school's website located by clicking the live link from the gostanford.com web page. They can also be purchased through a variety of resale sites. There are more flights between Bay Area cities and Phoenix (Sky Harbor Airport) than the airport in Tucson. The driving time between the two cities is about 3 hours.
March 1: Arizona State 11:00 am (PST)
The game will be played at the Desert Financial Arena (600 E Veterans Way, Tempe, AZ 8528). Tickets may be available through the school's website located by clicking the live link from the gostanford.com web page. They can also be purchased through a variety of resale sites.
March 5-8: PAC-12 Tournament, Las Vegas Mandalay Event Center
Tickets are already on sale, with some seat locations already listed as sold-out (https://pac-12.com/womens-basketball/womens-basketball-tournament). Note, this year's tournament is in a different location than last year's -- the closest rooms will be at the Mandalay Bay hotel. There are several non-gaming options at that property.
Airport Parking Reservations has a nice search that lets you find and book the best off-airport parking at (apparently) any US airport.
For SFO you can park in the airport-run long-term lot for about $25/day, now payable with credit card or with FasTrak.
Skypark costs about $19/day for outdoor or $21/day for covered parking. ParkSFO has a building where you can have covered parking for about $17/day (their website offers coupons for 1 -3 free days, lowering the cost).
At SJC, the airport-run Economy Lot 1 costs about $15/day.
There are a variety of websites that provide information about things to do when traveling. One of the most popular, Trip Advisor (http://Tripadvisor.com) provides traveler written reviews and booking options. This will allow you to tailor your plans to your interests. (For example, if you prefer hiking to gambling, in Las Vegas you are within an easy drive (approximately 13 miles) of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
As Fastbreak Club members provide additional advice, I will update this section.
Arizona: People coming in early or looking for something to do on the Saturday between games may find it interesting to check out the Saguaro National Park near Tucson (https://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm) -- an interesting site that isn't much out of the way.