Road Trip: Fresno, California caught up with FSUtimeout, an avid Bulldog fan, to give the inside scoop on where to eat, where to park, and what to see while in Fresno. He also has a message for all Beaver fans traveling to the home of the red and blue.

"On our behalf we will try to clean up the bad attitudes that some of the fans have," said FSUtimeout. "We are trying hard to clean up the bad reputation that we have had. Stop by the tailgates. Always been good and people enjoy talking to the oppositions fans."

Bulldog Stadium home of 41,031 Bulldog fans.


Silver Dollar Hofbrau - Great beer selection, full bar, lots of TV's and probably the best hot sandwiches in town. This was Dennis Erickson's hang out when he was a coach in Fresno, and still hits this place when he's in town. Great place. $7 gets you a huge sandwich and side dish.

Tahoe Joe's - a great steak house chain that started in Fresno. I always take my out of town clients here, never disappointed. More family oriented as they have kid's menu. $12-$25 per entree.

The Elbow Room - More of an upscale bar and of the best wine cellar's in the state, and they have a free shuttle to and from the game, so you can park there, and take the bus over to the stadium. $15-$25 per entree. I also take my clients here, and they love it. Not really a kid's place.

The Lime Lite - Much like the Elbow Room...just across the street from it. $15-$25 entrees.

Yoshino's - If you like Japanese food and Sushi, this is the place. Near a cool area called River Park...big outdoor mall area, 21 screen theater.

Dai Bai Dang - Very good Chinese food, also at River Park. $10-$25

If you like Mexican food, there are dozens of places in Fresno, all based on personal preference, all price ranges. They do sell it at the games, it's pretty decent since local vendors subcontract to sell it, but one place I like a lot is Sal's.

Sal's Mexican Restaurant - Definitely very good flavors and prices.



As far as things to see and do, well, it's pretty hard to beat the majesty of Yosemite National Park or Kings Canyon National Park. Kings Canyon is far less crowded. If you go to Yosemite, and like casino's, be sure to hit Chukchansi Gold which just opened up. Or a little bit closer to Fresno is Table Mountain Casino .

In terms of things to do, River Park is a shopping area with lots of kid oriented stuff...big movie theater, video arcades, race tracks, lazer tag, etc.

The Chaffee Zoo is also a cool place to visit. Our aquarium is still under construction though!

On campus is the Downing Planetarium and also the Fresno State Winery which is the only university in the world with it's own commercial winery! You can taste and buy many of Fresno State's gold and silver medal wines.

The Fresno Metropolitan Museum is also a nice destination.

If you are into the whole agriculture thing you can hit Simonian Farms which is a nut/fruit grower.



Those groups or individuals wishing to park in non-season-pass parking lots during Fresno State home football games during the 2003 season must purchase a $2 parking permit for each game. Campus Map.

The use of the Bulldog Express, the bus service running from the east side of campus to the entrance to Bulldog Stadium, is now free of charge.

There are three ways to obtain these $2 parking permits:

1) Log onto The site will be available one week prior to the home opener, Sept. 5 against Oregon State.

2) The Kennel Bookstore sells one-day parking scratch-off permits.

3) Parking dispensers located throughout campus.

In order to avoid lines and congestion, purchasing per game permits ahead of time is recommended.

A map of available parking around the stadium can be viewed at (PDF).



Beaver fans brave enough to travel to Fresno can purchase tickets online from the Fresno State athletic department at or by calling them at (559) 278-3647. Public seats will be assigned in sections 5, 6, 16, 17, 18, 26, 27, 35, and 36.

You can pick up your tickets at will call at 10:00 AM on gamedays.

If you prefer to sit by people with orange and black you can purchase away game tickets from the Oregon State athletic department by calling them at 1-800-GOBEAVS.


Seating Chart.


Where to Stay.
OSU/FSU Game weekend
Check for all hotels in Fresno, CA. Checking in on Friday, Sept 5th checking out on Saturday, Sept. 6th.


Team Hotel:
Best Western Village Inn (6 miles from Fresno State University)
Rest assured when you stay at the Best Western Village Inn in Fresno. Our rooms are quiet and tastefully decorated with queen-size beds and feature satellite television. Enjoy fresh brewed coffee in your room and free continental breakfast daily. Lovely landscaping frames the pool and relaxing spa. We're conveniently located in central Fresno across from the Manchester Shopping Mall, on the road to Yosemite. Make your reservations with confidence at the Best Western Village Inn in Fresno, the "Gateway to Yosemite."

Comfort Inn (7.8 miles from Fresno State University)
PC modem hook-ups in all rooms. FREE deluxe continental breakfast. Exercise room and pool available. New hotel as of 8/98.

Comfort Suites (3 miles from Fresno State University)
Fresno's Comfort Suites opened in February of 1998 with 70 spacious guest rooms that feature a microwave, refrigerator, 25-inch television with three free HBO stations, iron, ironing board, coffee maker, hair dryer and sofa sleeper. Some rooms have an in-room whirlpool bath.

Courtyard Fresno Airport (5 miles from Fresno State University)
Located just across the street from Fresno/Yosemite International Airport. The Gateway to three (3) National Parks (Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon) and also home to California's large agriculture central valley. Courtyard by Marriott surrounds travelers with the conveniences that make business and pleasure travel easy. Relax and get ready for the day ahead in one of our guest rooms, featuring a comfortable large well lit work desk with ergonomic chair, two phones with dataports, complimentary weekday newspaper, and in-room coffee. Start your morning with a reasonably priced healthy breakfast buffet. When you need to unwind at the end of the day, take advantage of our swimming pool, whirlpool and exercise room. Courtyard the hotel designed by business travelers.

Days Inn Fresno - Jenson and 99 (7 miles from Fresno State University)
* Large Truck Parking Lot * AAA Approved * Pool & Jacuzzi * Free Continental Breakfast * Guest Laundry * HBO * 24 Channel Cable * Micro/Fridge. Available * Close to Convention Center and Fairgrounds

Econo Lodge (2.5 miles from Fresno State University)
We offer 35 nicely appointed rooms including micro-frig, 25" Cable TVs with HBO and ESPN. Complimentary continental breakfast is offered each morning. We offer an outdoor swimming pool, free local calls and a free fax service. Parking is adjacent to the hotel. The freeway is close, as well as the Japanese Gardens, Convention Center, and Fresno State University.

Holiday Inn (5 miles from Fresno State University)
There's a new connection to the heart of California. The Holiday Inn Fresno Airport - Five minutes from check-in and baggage claim with a world of improvements and first-class appointments. Fasten your seatbelt. We are the preferred destination of business travelers seeking friendly non-stop service. Whether you're in the area on business or on vacation, stay with us and find out why we're the hotel of choice near the Fresno Airport. Treat yourself to our uncommon courtesy and superbly appointed accommodations. Splash into our pool; work out in our fitness center; or simply relax among friends in the inviting atmosphere of the Skyline Cafe or King Tut's Lounge. And enjoy the convenience of our location within a lively commercial center. It's all here. In fact, if it's not under our roof, then it's just outside our door.



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