Know your stadiums

The Rose Bowl remains Stanford's premier postseason reward. As for recent visits to the famed Arroyo Seco, the Cardinal has encountered little but punishment. Stanford has played 15 games in Pasadena since UCLA became a regular tenant. Eleven of those visits, seven straight and counting, ended in defeat. The 2000 Rose Bowl against Wisconsin is included.

Once Al Davis moved the Raiders south from Oakland, the Bruins were in no mood to be a stadium's third-favorite occupant. UCLA ditched the L.A. Coliseum for Pasadena as its home stadium back in 1982. Stanford adapted well to the switch, winning two of its first three games against UCLA in the Rose Bowl. The Card led the Troy Aikman's sixth-ranked Bruins in the second half in 1988 before falling, and have won all of twice – twice! – there since.

The Bruins are an underrated foil. While Stanford fans save their highest vitriol for Cal and USC, UCLA hasn't lost at home to the Cardinal in 14 years. Bill Walsh, Dennis Green and Jim Harbaugh all share a common thread: a last-second defeat at the Bruins during their coaching tenures on The Farm.

It's worth looking at how Stanford has fared through the years inside other venues on its 2010 road schedule. See if you can spot the trend.

Rose Bowl
Record: 9-15-1 (4-10 vs. UCLA, 5-5-1 in the Rose Bowl game)
First visit: Notre Dame 27, Stanford 10 (1925 Rose Bowl)
Last win: Stanford 21, UCLA 20 (1996)
Factoids: Was originally a horseshoe-shaped venue, complete with 57,000 seats… The structure was financed with a Jazz Age version of personal seat licenses. The Tournament of Roses committee offered 210 box seats for 10-year leases, priced at $100 each. Total cost of the project: $278,198.26… Stanford wasn't so hot against UCLA at the Coliseum either, going 1-4-1 over its last six visits.

Notre Dame Stadium
Record: 2-10
First visit: Notre Dame 27, Stanford 0 (1942)
Last win: Stanford 33, Notre Dame 16 (1992)
Factoids: The Fighting Irish have won seven straight at home in the series… Stanford's win in 1992 marked the only time the Cardinal were ranked coming into a road date with Notre Dame. The Irish have been ranked in nine of the 12 games, including six times in the top 10… All but one home game for Notre Dame since 1966 has sold out… The stadium was designed by the same engineering firm that built the original Yankee Stadium.

Autzen Stadium
Record: 10-9
First visit: Stanford 28, Oregon 12 (1968)
Last win: Stanford 49, Oregon 42 (2001)
Factoids: Before moving in, the Ducks played home tilts at Hayward Field, which track enthusiasts regard as nothing short of a cathedral… Autzen cost just $2.5 million to build, chump change compared to the $200 million tag for the new home of Oregon hoops, Matthew Knight Arena… It also hosted several Grateful Dead shows… The Cardinal's all-time record against the Ducks at Autzen is deceiving, with Oregon having won the last four games.

Husky Stadium
Record: 17-20-4
First visit: Stanford 3, Washington 0 (1920)
Last win: Stanford 35, Washington 28 (2008)
Factoids: The Cardinal's last two trips ended with wins, reversing a run of futility in Seattle… Stanford was 15-8-4 all-time by Lake Washington going into the 1977 meeting. Warren Moon then led U-Dub to the win, beginning a streak of 12 straight losses in 29 years at the venue… The skid lasted until the Cardinal won its only game of the 2006 season… "The Wave" is said to have been invented here by Husky alumni cheerleaders, during a homecoming game against Stanford in 1981.

Sun Devil Stadium
Record: 3-10
First visit: Stanford 21, Arizona State 14 (1978)
Last win: Stanford 50, Arizona State 30 (1999)
Factoids: Highlights here, as the record indicates, are very limited. John Paye made his starting debut as a true freshman (a loss). In 1995, the Cardinal won to improve to 4-0-1, its best start since the Rose Bowl season of 1951. The 1999 Stanford team clinched a tie for the Pac-10 title with a wild win…A stadium that hosted Super Bowl XXX had an original capacity of just 30,000. This gallery of vintage photos shows what it used to look like.

Memorial Stadium
Record: 20-19-5 (includes a 30-0 win over Utah in 1924)
First visit: Cal 9, Stanford 0 (1923)
Last win: Stanford 36, Cal 30 (2000)
Factoids: Long before human tree-dwellers aimed to halt its renovation, academics cried foul over Memorial Stadium's construction. Opposition began when university officials moved the project from its originally-planned site, at the corner of Bancroft Way and Allston Way… The conservationists objected to the Strawberry Canyon site, a popular hiking and bird-watching spot at the time… Stanford went 4-1 here both in the '60s and '90s.

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