Friday, November 06, 2009

A little housecleaning

There are a few things I wanted to pass on regarding tomorrow's game.

First, the 1 p.m. game will be available via live video stream on The word is that Yale received plenty of positive feedback over its live streaming of the Dartmouth game.

Yale will have its pre-game walk from the Walter Camp Arch around 11:20 a.m. where fans can line up and greet the team as it makes the walk to the Yale Bowl.

Anybody wishing to take part in the Yale/Harvard festivities on Nov. 21 needs to purchase a parking pass or check up on the shuttles taking fans to and from the game since there will be no general admission parking. If you don't have a parking pass, you won't able to park.

Finally, while the dedication of the Kenney Center and Jensen Plaza won't take place until Nov. 21, they are both up and running and will be on display this weekend.

Here's the release I received from Yale about the project

Final Phase of Yale Bowl Restoration Complete

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A revered, 95-year-old American sports venue has received a grand entrance fitting its national historic landmark status. The Kenney Center and Jensen Plaza are finished and officially open this Saturday for the Yale-Brown football game at Yale Bowl and the Class of ’54 Field. These two additions, to be officially dedicated the morning of the Nov. 21 Yale-Harvard game, constitute the final phase of the $30 million restoration of the facility.

Walking in from a tailgate Saturday, fans will catch a glimpse of the grand, three-story Kenney Center as they leave a parking lot. The Kenney Center replaced the old halftime room and rises up and attaches to the press box. As they get closer to the perimeter of the Bowl at the main entrance, fans step onto the granite stones that contain the names of every Yale football letter winner since 1872 as part of the Jensen Plaza.

“One of the most storied programs in the history of college football has added to its lore with the addition of the Kenney Center and the Jensen Plaza,” said Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football. “We look forward to adding to the history displayed at both venues.”

Athletic Director Tom Beckett added, “This facility and plaza is another example of the strong partnership between the University and our alumni that continues to provide a world-class experience for all affiliated with Yale Athletics.”

The Kenney Center contains three team meeting rooms, an alumni area with views to the field and a rooftop terrace that provides a panoramic look at most of the Yale athletic facilities around the Bowl. Jerome (Jerry) P. Kenney ’63, who provided the gift, is part of the only family to have five members play football at Yale and the only four-brother football combination in school history. Jerry’s brothers, Brian R. ’60, Robert D. ’67 and Richard L. ’71 all wore blue and white, while Robert’s son, Jeffrey S. ’93 also played for the Elis.

Fourteen different historical listings are displayed in the Kenney Center under the following headings:

Heisman Memorial Trophy Winners

National Football Foundation-College Hall of Fame Inductees


Rhodes Scholars

NCAA Silver Anniversary Award Winners

National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes

National Academic All-Americans

First-Team All-Ivy Selections

Asa A. Bushnell Cup Winners (Ivy League MVP)

George "Bulger" Lowe Award Winners (Outstanding Player in New England)

Ivy League Rookie of the Year Selections

Yale Football Captains

National Championship Teams

Ivy League Championship Teams

"We were encouraged both by the University's decision to restore and modernize the Yale Bowl, which has been such an integral part of Yale's tradition, and also by the widespread support this initiative is receiving from other former players and alumni," said Jerry Kenney. "My three brothers and I collectively played football for 14 consecutive years for Yale and we've had a next generation player as well, so it has been an important part of our family's Yale experience. Since Yale has contributed so much to our lives and careers, we're pleased to be able to fund this center as part of the restoration project."

The Jensen Plaza, named after Irving ’54, Colin ’57, Eric ’63 and Mark Jensen’67, serves as a perfect place for fans to gather before and after games. Two of the Jensen brothers played for former Yale football head coach Jordan Olivar and earned Ivy League Championship rings. Colin, who had two letters, was part of the 1956 Bulldog squad that went 8-1, was undefeated in Ancient Eight play and cruised past Princeton and Harvard on the way to a title. Eric earned three football letters and was a member of Yale’s last perfect (9-0) team in 1960.

“We want to share memories with future Yale athletes and thought this would be a great way,” said Irving, who played on the Bulldog freshman squad. “We had a great experience and education at Yale, which has made my life what it is today. Much of what we learned as athletes at the school has been used in our business. It is very important to make the experience a great one for current and future Yale athletes.”



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