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Raiders tickets available to students, faculty, staff

A limited number of tickets to the Oakland Raiders- New England Patriots NFL exhibition game scheduled for Friday, Aug. 25, at Stanford Stadium will be made available to Stanford faculty, staff and students starting Monday, Aug. 21.

Tickets for students are free, and each student who presents a valid Stanford identification is entitled to two tickets. Faculty, staff and community members can purchase tickets at a discount rate, $10 apiece, by showing a valid Stanford identification. Proceeds will be donated to charity, said Valerie Veronin of the Athletics Department.

The tickets will be available at one site only - the ticket office at Stanford Stadium, from Monday, Aug. 21, through Wednesday, Aug. 23. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Tickets for sale to the general public, already discounted once, now range in price from $21 to $36, depending on location.

A crowd of between 40,000 and 70,000 is expected for the game, which starts at 6 p.m. and will be televised locally on KRON-TV, Channel 4. The game also will be televised in Los Angeles and in New England.

On the day of the game, traffic congestion is expected and parking in the area near the stadium will be restricted. The Maples Pavilion and Track House lots will be used for pay parking. Flyers will be placed on cars that use those lots daily advising owners to park instead in the Serra Complex lot on game day.

Lots 4, 6 and part of Lot 10 will open for football parking at noon; each car will be charged $10 to park at Stanford for the game. The rest of the lots will open at 3 p.m. Gates to Stanford Stadium will open at 4 p.m.

Extra security personnel will be on hand to enforce the no- alcohol rule, and to watch for fans carrying flagpoles and other banned items.

At about 4 p.m., Galvez Street between Campus Drive and El Camino Real will be closed to non-game traffic, as will Arboretum between Palm and Galvez and Lasuen between Campus Drive and Arboretum.

Stanford employees who normally leave campus on those roads should take alternate routes home that evening. Serra Street or Palm Drive will remain open to normal traffic but delays are expected, according to Sgt. Del Bandy of the Stanford Police Department.

Police from Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, along with the California Highway Patrol, suggest that fans take public transit to the game.

CalTrain has announced that all of its trains will stop at the Stanford Stadium station, which trains normally bypass, between 3:30 and 10:30 p.m. on game day. The station is located on Embarcadero Road across El Camino Real from the Stadium. For schedule and fare information, call (800) 660-4287.

Dumbarton Express plans to add buses to bring East Bay fans to the game. For information about that service, call (800) 559-INFO.

Drivers from peninsula points are being asked to take the Embarcadero Road exit from U.S. 101, and either the Page Mill Road or Sand Hill Road exits off Interstate 280. Stanford employees who take either of those roads out of campus to get to 280 should instead use Alpine Road, Bandy said.

Better yet, he said, employees might want to consider taking a few hours off, with supervisors' approval, in order to leave campus before fans start arriving en masse.

"What we'd really suggest, especially for those people who work in the northeast part of campus, and who travel east after work, is to try and arrange some time off on that day," Bandy said. "With all those fans coming in during the rush hour, we expect traffic to be pretty bad."

Ticket sales for the Raiders game at Stanford have been sluggish. Unlike most professional football teams, the Raiders this year did not require their roughly 50,000 season ticket-holders to purchase tickets to their two home exhibition games.

The Raiders, who returned to Oakland this season after 13 years in Los Angeles, will play at Stanford because their home stadium, the Oakland Coliseum, was booked for an Oakland A's baseball game on Aug. 25. The NFL schedule was based on the premise that the Raiders still would be playing home games in Los Angeles.



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