Aug 25, 2016
Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Announces Gift from the Segal Family to Preserve the Original Locker Room at the Rose Bowl Stadium
PASADENA, Calif. (August 2016)
The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, the private fundraising arm of the Rose Bowl Stadium, has announced a generous gift from Mickey and Lee Segal, which will support the renovation and preservation of the original locker room at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
The preservation of this unique space, which is accessed just inside of stadium tunnel 7A on the northeast side of the concourse, was used starting in 1922 when the stadium opened. Its transformation will allow patrons an opportunity to experience more of the venue’s storied heritage and a formal glimpse into the past. The unique displays and exhibits will provide new options for special events and pre-game functions, along with supplementing the ongoing official Stadium Tour program, in which the original locker room is already included.
“The Rose Bowl Stadium is a walking museum of sports and entertainment excellence, and the re-creation of this original space will lead the way for future projects to also highlight the Stadium’s heritage for public enjoyment.” said Mr. Segal, who has served as the President of the Legacy Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2014.
Currently a Managing Partner at Nigro, Karlin, Segal Feldstein and Bolno in Los Angeles, his memories of America’s Stadium take him back to his roots in Pasadena, and Pasadena High, where he was proudly undefeated as a prep star on the famed-stadium turf. “I played in the Rose Bowl three, maybe four times, during high school. I was born and raised in Pasadena; this place has a special meaning for me.”
In recognition of the gift, the entrance of the 1922 Locker Room and a plaque outside of Tunnel 7A will recognize Mickey and Lee Segal. The Foundation expects the project to be completed before Summer 2017.
“The Legacy Foundation, and the Stadium, is very grateful for the generosity of Mickey and Lee,” said the non-profit’s executive director, Dedan Brozino. “This transformational gift will impact the rich history of this National Historic Landmark through preserving our past for future enjoyment.”
About Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation
The Rose Bowl Legacy Connections is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary purpose is to financially ensure the appropriate honoring of a historic past, while building a premier future through making the venue and surrounding areas even more distinguished and iconic as America’s Stadium and a National Historic Landmark. Any gift to the Legacy Connections is tax-deductible minus any benefits actually received.
About the Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl Stadium was built in 1922 to host the increasingly popular East-West college bowl game that followed the annual Rose Parade. It was to be a grand venue that would showcase beautiful Pasadena to the entire country, and ultimately, the whole world. And, it has succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.
There are many historic places across the nation, but only a small number have meaning to all Americans, these are our National Historic Landmarks. They are exceptional places forming a common bond between all of us.
The Rose Bowl Stadium represents great American ideas and ideals – that with vision, intent and hard work greatness can be achieved. These ideas and ideals are embodied in the structure, the people and the events that have taken place at the Rose Bowl Stadium through the decades. It is only fitting that we preserve this icon for future generations of Americans.
The Rose Bowl Stadium is in the midst of the largest, most comprehensive improvement project in its 90+ year history. This renovation will provide new revenue sources to fund long-term improvements, improve public safety, and modernize facility operations while maintaining the stadium’s National Historic Landmark status. The goal of the enhancements is to retain the stadium’s storied history while becoming current and improving the stadium and the Arroyo Seco for future generations of athletes, fans and television viewers.
For information on the campaign, visit rosebowllegacyfoundation.com