The Rose Bowl has been named the recipient of a $ 500,000 federal historic preservation grant, stadium officials said on Tuesday.
The grant is part of the Historic Preservation Fund’s Save America’s Treasures program, which is administered by the National Park Service, Rose Bowl officials said in a written statement. This is the first such grant awarded to the establishment, which will mark its centenary next year.
Rose Bowl Stadium director of operations George Cunningham said the money would be put to good use.
“As we approach our 100th anniversary, Rose Bowl Stadium continues to lead the way in providing a premier experience for visitors in a safe, reliable and memorable manner,” he said. “This grant will strengthen key infrastructure needs and is a testament to the continued dedication to the site’s overall importance to society.”
Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo also applauded the development.
“The Rose Bowl Stadium is a community and cultural icon in Pasadena, and also a generational icon for millions of people around the world. We are grateful for the support of this grant to continue to solidify the infrastructure of the site, ”said the mayor.
The grant was obtained through an application submitted by the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, officials said. This will require a matching donation from private contributions.
“The grant will be used at the stadium to support capital improvements at the site, including the renovation and replacement of its gas line, as well as infrastructure upgrades related to CAT6 cabling,” the statement said.
The Rose Bowl has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service and the US Department of the Interior since 1987.
This year’s Saving America’s Treasures campaign will distribute $ 15.5 million in total and also bring $ 20 million in additional private and public investment, the Rose Bowl Stadium said.
Preservation is the primary goal, according to National Park Service deputy director Shawn Benge.
“From Rose Bowl Stadium in California to Lucy the Elephant in New Jersey, the Save America’s Treasures program seeks to preserve and rehabilitate some of America’s most important and iconic structures and collections,” said Shawn Benge, deputy director of the NPS.
Rose Bowl Stadium General Manager Darryl Dunn thanked many people within the organization and the community who helped make the grant possible.
“The support provided by key stakeholders at Rose Bowl Stadium has been tremendous and we are very grateful for the support received during the nomination process from Pasadena Heritage, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Bill & Claire Bogaard and members. of Congress Judy Chu and Adam Schiff, ”said Dunn. “The Rose Bowl Stadium is a tremendous asset to the community, and it is deeply appreciated that we have received such great support. “
More information on the National Park Service’s Saving America’s Treasures program is available online at https://www.nps.gov/articles/save-america-s-treasures.htm.