Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, California
Palo Alto (Tall Tree) is located on the San Francisco Peninsula about 30 miles south of San Francisco, and 15 miles north of San Jose. It is the northernmost city in Santa Clara County and has 4,133 acres of dedicated parkland and 30 miles of bike lanes.
The city was named after a tall double trunk redwood tree ( El Palo Alto) used as a landmark by the local Costoan Indians before the Spanish explorers arrived looking for Monterey Bay, and in 1769 Don Gaspar de Portola camped there. Ranch life gave way to towns and country estates by the end of the nineteenth century, and U.S. Senator Leland Stanford bought an estate in the 1870's and named it "Palo Alto Farm." With the untimely death of their only child of typhoid fever in 1884, he and his wife decided to establish a university as a memorial and Leland Stanford Junior University opened in 1891 with 465 students. The Stanford Estate, with its main buildings only a mile from the city, covers 8,200 acres.
Palo Alto has a mild climate with average temperatures ranging from 53F to 77F in the summer. Annual precipitation is approximately 16 inches with an average relative mean humidity of 68%.
WSW found at the 1994 Men's World Cup games at Stanford, that from the time of boarding one of the many convenient trains available from San Francisco to Stanford Station, one was immersed in a cheerful soccer-loving world. The area outside the stadium was a tented area of music, food, t-shirts, souvenirs and brightly dressed, friendly fans of all ages.
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