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Went to the game last night. I was in Yosemite for business the night before and drove over for the game. Several people on Utefans indicated that I would be entering El Camino central but I saw more luxury vehicles than El Caminos. It was a pleasant game experience. They have shuttle service to the public parking lots. The stadium is a bowl that is set in the ground. Lots of entrances/exits. I sat in Section 24 with the families of a lot of the players. It was fun watching with them. Very upbeat and knowledgeable. That place emptied out real quick. For a minute I thought we were going to have a repeat of the last time we were at the Big House. Glad I was able to squeeze the game in to my schedule.

  • Warrior Ute

    I live about three hours from Fresno. I moved here a year ago. I was warned by co-workers that it was a gang capital and told I might want to not take my three daughters to the game. I am glad I didn’t listen.

    My experience was similar to yours. I bought my tickets from the Utah ticket office. I was surrounded by Utes which was fun. Two of my daughters had not wanted to attend football games previously. They feel on love with the environment and cheering for the Utes.

    Interactions with Fresno State fans were very positive. I liked their stadium layout. I was surprised to see the expansion plans given how many empty seats were there throughout the game. It would be great to see similar plans for Rice-Eccles. Overall I would love attend another Utes game at Fresno State.

  • I attended the 1984 Cal Bowl held at Fresno’s Stadium. It reminded me of a giant taco. The game featured Cal State Fullerton vs N. Illinois.

  • Hockeybeard

    The one unfortunate thing about Fresno St’s stadium is apparently the Visitor’s locker rooms are worse than ours! Coach Whitt had to give his half-time speech in the parking lot!

    • BioUte

      I can believe that, as I was entering the stadium, the team was exiting after warmups. They exit directly into one of the main entrances. (see bottom of photo). They had to rope off the area which delayed people from getting to their seats for a few minutes. Bulldog Stadium

  • TheJuggernaut

    I also was at the game, I have a friend who lives in Kingsburg – a couple of towns over from Fresno – he got a bunch of tickets in the middle of Fresno season ticket holders. I talkd to several Fresno fans walking into the game, and sat next to and in front of Fresno fans at the game. They were all gracious and welcoming. I too had heard negative comments leading up to the game about their fans, but didn’t see anything like that.

  • Tony (admin)

    Nice to hear that.

  • 89ute

    So is Stanford now for real? I love conference play.

    I know our team has some kinks to work out but I’m not terribly worried about it yet. Let’s face it, the focus for non-conference games is nowhere near what it is for in conference. Just look at Stanford. That was not the team that got destroyed by Northwestern.

    Every game going forward is now a playoff game. I’m excited to see what our team does in Oregon.

  • Esoterik

    Still not sold on Stanford. They looked very vulnerable against NW. Impressive win against SC though – especially with Hogan playing injured.

    I have more questions about SC now.

    • Ute75

      I’d love to be playing the Tree this week. It would be three in a row.

  • TorontoUte

    I like our chances against Oregon, EWU put 40 something points up against them right? So their defense is suspect, while our offense is suspect… If our secondary can shore somethings up, we have a chance.

  • Tacoma Ute

    My gut feeling is that they are not contenders and will be fighting to keep Cal from overtaking them for 2nd in the North. That was a very impressive performance yesterday though.

    • Jumpmasterute

      Stanford is better than Cal whether at home or on the road. But that’s just an Opinion.

      • Tacoma Ute

        I agree. I still think there’s a big gap between Oregon and the rest of the north though. One awful pass that got away from Adams kept them from beating MSU on the road.

  • 1Colonial

    All I know is that it gives U$C a loss in the South. C’mon Utes, take advantage of these things!

    Hope Travis is healthy…

    • Jumpmasterute

      I like the way you think.

    • Hockeybeard

      This is sooo important. Any loss that ASU, UA, UCLA, or USC take helps us on our way to a PAC12 South Division Champion title. We need to take care of business against Oregon and we’ll be in a great spot for the south race.

      At this point, everyone has their warts, but I can’t help but think other teams seem to have bigger ones.

  • UtahMan12

    Since we don’t play Stanford this year was it better USC lost yesterday? I know it doesn’t matter about the south race but it sure makes USC seem winnable.

    • Utahman04

      The USC loss does matter in the South race, because as I understand it, the the winner of the South is determined by each teams overall Pac12 record not the division record. The division record is only important for tie breaker purposes.

  • Utemachine

    An Angel gets its wings everytime USC loses.

  • Personally that USC loss stinks of Sarkisian…It is just another nail in Haden’s and Sarkisians coffin.

  • nm

  • Tony (admin)

    Some teams just match up better.

    • Feelinpogi

      In that case it is good news for us because we match up very similar to the Cardinal.

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    Stanford has always played tough against USC, so it’s still hard to tell what kind of team they will be this year.

    Seeing what they did to SC makes me feel better about our chances against the Trojans as we play a similar style as the Cardinal.

    As always in this conference, we won’t know anything until next week. =)

  • rbmw263

    Stanford was always for real. Northwestern looking better and better.

  • Question about forum layout

    I realize this is new and may change as things develop, but I’m viewing the forum on my iPad and my screen is split in half. The left side shows recent posts, etc. but the right side always shows “Site Wide Activities” with a search box. In a horizontal position it takes up half the screen. Is there a way to hide the stuff on the right side, or customize it somehow?

  • Yeah, this isn’t going to work if this split screen nonsense isn’t changed pronto. So far, I like Utefans.net better. Actually ute fans.com would be perfect.

  • Tony (admin)

    Thanks for the comments. Yes it is only a day old so those things will get worked out. The current setup is a matter of percentages though. The sitewide should only be 1/3 of the width. Maybe I’ll get my ipad out and see what you are talking about.

    Day one.