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Gophers dig in
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Valley Times Photo Collection;
Hyde, Alan
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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After crowds out-grew Pasadena's Tournament Park, architect Myron Hunt drew up plans for the construction of the Rose Bowl stadium in 1921. The Arroyo Seco dry riverbed was selected as the location for the stadium, which was under construction from 1921-1922. The Rose Bowl was opened on October 8, 1922 at a cost of $272,198, but was officially dedicated on January 1, 1923 with the first Rose Bowl game between USC and Penn State (USC defeated Penn, 14-3). The stadium was orignally built as a horseshoe and was expanaded several times over the years; the design was intended to accommodate as many patrons as possible. The southern stands were completed in 1928, making the stadium a complete bowl. For many years, the Rose Bowl had the largest football stadium capacity in the U.S., and from 1972 to 1997, the maximum seating capacity was 104,594. Current official seating capacity is 92,542. In the years that followed, the Rose Bowl game grew to become the 'granddaddy' of all bowl games, because of its stature as the oldest of all the bowl games. The Rose Bowl stadium is a National Historic Landmark, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Febuary 27, 1987.
Photograph caption dated January 2, 1962 reads, "Sandy Stephens, Minnesota Gophers' famous quarterback, digs in for two yards and the first touchdown to put Minnesota ahead of UCLA 7-3 in first quarter of yesterday's Rose Bowl classic in Pasadena. Arrow points to Stephens and football. Stephens, voted the game's outstanding player, also tallied a touchdown in the fourth quarter before 98,214 sun-drenched fans. The Gophers gained Rose Bowl revenge by the one-sided win."
1 photographic print : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
Rose Bowl Stadium (Pasadena, Calif.)
University of California, Los Angeles--Students
University of Minnesota--Students
Minnesota Golden Gophers (Football team)
UCLA Bruins (Football team)
Rose Bowl (Football game)
College athletes
College students
College sports
Football players
Football teams
Football uniforms
Football stadiums
Football fans
Football helmets
Young men
Pasadena (Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
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