Aug. 23, 2005
New Haven, CT - The Yale football team took a break from practice, and the workers involved in the Yale Bowl restoration took a break from work, to join in a special picnic for those involved in the project. The event, held just across the street from the historic facility, gave players a chance to meet the people working on restoring their stadium and gave the workers a chance to meet the players who soon will benefit from their hard work.
"This project is fantastic," said Director of Athletics Tom Beckett as he addressed the crowd of nearly 300. "It's going to capture the attention of all of college football."
Beckett then lead a round of applause for all those involved. Jack Siedlecki, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, echoed those sentiments.
Terry Roye, who manages the project for the Yale Facilities department, concluded by noting that the Bowl is one of only four structures on the Yale campus that are on the national registry of historic landmarks.
"It's a jewel," Roye said.
The players and workers all sported shirts commemorating the restoration with a picture of the Bowl on the back and the logos of Vincent Benic Architect and O & G Industries, Inc. on the front. Also taking part in the picnic were workers from Joseph Kelly (concrete and seating), P.J.'s Construction (site contractor), McKenzie Painting and the Yale grounds crew. All of the workers were offered free tickets and encouraged to come out and see the players they had met at the barbecue playing at the stadium they have been working on since the spring.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity