The weather will be ideal and the parking lots easy to navigate, so show up early.
That's the advice of the California Interscholastic Federation office as Sacramento State hosts two Northern California Regional football championships this weekend.
Tonight, Granite Bay takes on St. Ignatius of San Francisco in the Division I game. On Saturday, national power De La Salle of Concord plays Folsom in the Open division, with the Bulldogs aiming to become the first Northern California team to beat the Spartans since 1991.
Here's the key if you don't want to miss any of the action: Don't wait until the last minute to get tickets.
CIF media relations director Rebecca Brutlag suggests purchasing tickets at Sac State hours before kickoff; the box office opens at 4 p.m. for Friday's game and at 3 p.m. for Saturday's game.
If you want to buy sooner, Folsom and Granite Bay high schools have limited tickets.
The last great high school football showdown at Sac State was the 2010 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship between Folsom and Grant. Many fans who arrived on campus after 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 kickoff missed the early going because of long lines. And others were turned away after more than 21,000 had packed the stadium.
Sac State has bid to host future NorCal and CIF Bowl games. This weekend will be a telling indicator if it's up to the task.
What to watch
NBA, Orlando at Kings, 7 p.m., CSNCA: It's another winnable game before the Kings hit the road for four games in the next seven days.
Who will win Saturday's Folsom-De La Salle showdown?
De La Salle
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