SOURCE: Stanford Athletics

November 22, 2005 12:21 ET

Nine Decades of Stanford Football Remembered at November 26 Season Closer

Ceremonial First Dig Marks the Start of Construction for the New Stanford Stadium

STANFORD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 22, 2005 -- Stanford Athletics today announced that on Saturday, November 26, a special halftime celebration would take place in honor of the 84-year-old Stanford Stadium and following the game, a ceremonial first dig would commence the start of construction.

At halftime, a Stanford Stadium Salute will pay tribute to nine decades of Stanford Football, including the many players who lined the field. Notable Stanford football alumni who are scheduled to participate in the ceremony include:

--  Milt Vucinich (1940s);
--  Bill McColl and John Brodie (1950s);
--  John Ralston, Gene Washington and Bob Moore (1960s);
--  Jack Christiansen, Bill Walsh, Jim Plunkett and Darrin Nelson (1970s);
--  John Elway and Brad Muster (1980s);
--  Steve Stenstrom, Glyn Milburn, Ed McCaffrey (1990s); and
--  DeRonnie Pitts (2000s)
The Stadium Salute also calls for Stanford's infamous band to perform music from each of the decades as a flashy pyrotechnics display dazzles the field. In addition to honoring players of the past, Stanford Athletics will salute its senior players in a traditional Stanford Senior Salute prior to the 5:00pm kickoff.

November 26 will also mark the beginning of a new era for Stanford Football in which construction of the New Stanford Stadium will commence. A ceremonial first dig is scheduled to take place immediately following the game. Spectators will be invited onto the field for a final walkthrough before the stadium officially closes its doors until the opening of the 2006 football season.

About the New Stanford Stadium

Home to Stanford Football since 1921, Stanford Stadium will undergo major construction to transform the venue into a state-of-the-art college football facility. The single most important capital project in the history of Stanford Athletics, the New Stanford Stadium will mark the beginning of a new era for Stanford Football. With support from fans, the University, and the Department of Athletics, the new stadium is poised to become a recognized Bay Area destination offering players and spectators an intimate and electrifying game experience with modernized amenities and enhanced features. The $90 million stadium project, funded by the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Investment Fund (DAPER), as well as from alumni and friends of Stanford University, will open its doors September 2006. For more information on the New Stanford Stadium, call (650) 725.STADIUM, visit our web site or email

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