Stanford football invading The City 

Mayor Gavin Newsom is meeting with Stanford football coach Jim Harbaugh this morning at Kezar Stadium to review preparations for the annual Cardinal and White spring game, which this year is being held Saturday at Kezar Stadium.

Stanford football is donating $10,000 to the Recreation and Park Department’s Youth Scholarship Fund and recreational programming. Also, while admission to the game is free, Stanford is asking fans to make voluntary contributions to the Rec and Park funds. Saturday's scrimmage take place at 2 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m.

Kezar Stadium has long been a fixture in collegiate sports.

Stanford first played a game at Kezar on Oct. 20, 1928, defeating Idaho 47-0. Stanford played three games at Kezar during the 1942 season, losing to Santa Clara 14-6 on Oct. 3 and also posting wins over Southern Cal and Washington.

The original Kezar Stadium was the home stadium of the 49ers and Raiders. Kezar has hosted the annual East-West Shrine Game more than 45 times over the game’s history.

Today, Kezar still hosts collegiate sporting events, most recently a lacrosse game between Brown and North Carolina in October 2009.

It is also the annual site for city high school football, including the Turkey Bowl, which is the city championship game.

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