Published : Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 11:22 AM
The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation announced today the re-naming of Tunnel 7A in honor of Stanford University. Tunnel 7A is located on the northeast concourse of the famed Rose Bowl next to the new Legacy Foundation offices. The re-naming will be dedicated in a private ceremony in late June. The naming was funded by a group of Stanford alumni and led by two co-chairs and members of the Legacy Foundation’s Board of Directors, Steve Olson and Peter Zarifes, Both Olson and Zarifes have personal ties to Palo Alto and the storied history of Stanford Football.
The gifts to name the tunnel are part of contributions to the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation’s ongoing centennial campaign which began in November 2017 and has a goal of raising $40 million in new gifts to preserve, protect and enhance the future of the Rose Bowl Stadium as a National Historic Landmark.
“We are so proud to dedicate and re-name Tunnel 7A, in honor of Stanford University. Stanford has played a major role in the Rose Bowl Stadium’s history, having played in the first postseason bowl game in 1902 (the East-West Football Game in Pasadena) and in a total of 15 Rose Bowl Games throughout history, stated Zarifes and Olson in a joint statement. “The tribute to Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett at the Tunnel is also apropos, as he not only guided Stanford to an electrifying win over Ohio State in the 1971 Rose Bowl Game, but he is also the only player in Stanford history to be named MVP of both a Rose Bowl Game and a Super Bowl. We thank everyone who helped make this naming a reality.”
Two special displays will be located at Tunnel 7A to commemorate the naming, including a plaque above the tunnel recognizing Stanford University and a historical photograph on the adjacent wall to recognize Stanford’s 1971 Rose Bowl Game victory. A plaque to publicly recognize the generous contributors to the project is associated at both sides of Tunnel 7A.
“The impact of PAC-12 and Big Ten Conference schools has been long felt at the Rose Bowl Stadium. It is part of the tradition of the Rose Bowl Game,” said Chief Development Officer Dedan Brozino. “Honoring one of the schools in such a personal way is a special opportunity to recognize the rich history of the Game and its multi-generational impact. It also shows how diverse the pool of participating universities has been since the Stadium opened its gates in 1922.”
The re-named Stanford Tunnel will sit alongside the Legacy Center, the new offices for the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, which opened in late March 2019. The offices are located within the second of two original locker room spaces at the venue and this proximity speaks directly to the mission of the Foundation, which is to preserve, protect and enhance the future of the Rose Bowl Stadium Stadium as a National Historic Landmark.
For more information on the Legacy Foundation’s centennial campaign, please visit www.INSPIRE2022.org.
About the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation
Formed in 2010, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is a 501(03, tax-exempt organization whose primary goal is to financially ensure the protection, preservation and enhancement of the future of the Stadium as a National Historic Landmark. The Foundation has established funding for key capital improvement initiatives, educational programming and heritage protection due to the generosity of supporters from around the world who are invested in its premier future.
About the Rose Bowl Stadium The Rose Bowl Stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses’ Rose Bowl Game, UCLA Bruins football, AmericaFest Fourth of July Celebration, concerts including Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and U2, international and Premier League soccer matches and the World’s Largest Flea Market.
A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known around the world, the Rose Bowl Stadium has earned its world class reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl games, the 1984 Olympic soccer matches, the 1994 Men’s World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, four BCS National College Football Championship Games and the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game.