Stanford football announced a new program this offseason: the CARDiac Corner. Basically, CARDiac Corner will take over the corner of Stanford Stadium located across from but behind the same endzone as the Red Zone (making the CARDiac Corner the new occupant of sections 139 and 140). The section is for really loud and excitable Stanford fans, and tickets are sold general admission style.
This could make for a lot of fun. It is still unclear–and probably will remain so until at least the home opener on September 4th against Sacramento State–what kinds of people the new program will attract. In other words, will CARDiac Corner be the kind of place that a responsible parent could take his or her child on game day? Considering that the criteria for becoming a ticket holder in the section is, “Are you a die hard Stanford Football FAN? Are you loud and proud supporting the Cardinal on football Saturdays? Are you the person in your section leading cheers and getting everyone to stand up? Do you own face paint?” we’re guessing that this place will be PG-13. We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out the CARDiac Corner YouTube video, a clear spoof on the recent Old Spice ad campaign.
Perhaps most importantly, the new corner could make Stanford Stadium a lot louder on opponents’ third downs and kickoffs. With the volume of the Red Zone last year, the addition of another loud corner right beside it could make that endzone of Stanford Stadium a nightmare for opposing teams. We’ll never be as loud as Oregon’s “House of Loud,” but hey, we beat U of O last year, they’re not very nice, their former quarterback is a criminal, and they call themselves the Ducks. In the prophetic words of the Space Jam version of Bugs Bunny, “What kind of Mickey Mouse organization would name their team the Ducks?”
There’s also the rhetorical angle to this new venue. Sure, the CARDiac Corner name is witty, and we assume that it’s meant to reference heart-pounding moments in a close football contest. But there’s also the undeniable nerd factor: Stanford Hospital has one of the nation’s most respected cardiology departments. At Stanford, these kinds of things matter.