Football game brings gridlock to Menlo streets

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on November 12, 2011

ESPN College GameDay on Stanford campus

If you can avoid El Camino through Menlo Park today, do. Even in the morning hours, traffic was beginning to back up; by this afternoon, cars were inching through intersections, especially south on El Camino where the lanes narrow on the Atherton/Menlo Park border.

Our assumption is that this is all the result of the big football game (as opposed to the Big Game) today between BCS ranked #4 Stanford and #7 Oregon. Festivities started really early this morning on the Stanford campus when it hosted ESPN College GameDay from 4:00 am ((yes, this is not a typo) to 9:00 am, with the live broadcast beginning at 6:00 am.

Stanford had sent out an email message to its “creekside neighbors” (that being this MP reporter) urging us “whether or not you have tickets for the game, you can join in the excitement when ESPN College Gameday comes to Stanford…”

We passed on that early morning opportunity but got coverage from Menlo Park resident and Stanford fan Kent Smith, who’s attending all of today’s events. In his out-in-the-crowd/Hail Mary shot taken at the Oval this morning, you can spot both the Tree and a bit of the Duck.

Photo by Kent Smith

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