Nov 24, 2015

Rose Bowl Stadium Displays New Commemorative Army-Navy Bench and Time Capsule

PASADENA, Calif. (November 24, 2015) – On November 25, 1983 the United States West Point Academy and United States Naval Academy met to play inside the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium. Other than a trip to Chicago in 1926, the Cadets and Midshipmen had never met farther West than Baltimore. To commemorate this historic match-up in Pasadena, a bench will be dedicated to the City of Pasadena, the Cadets and Midshipmen and the Rose Bowl Operating Company on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Over 86,000 were in attendance for the game, on that rainy November day in 1983. With three touchdowns in the first four minutes of the game, Navy rolled to a 42-13 victory over Army at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Over 9,000 cadets and midshipmen witnessed the game in Pasadena. They were flown across the county and housed by local Pasadena residents for the entire weekend.

In addition to the bench, a time capsule will be placed in the ground in front of the commemorative bench and will include game memorabilia. It is scheduled to be opened on the fiftieth anniversary of the Army-Navy game played at the Rose Bowl, on November 25, 2033.

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.