New Plaza, Center at Yale Bowl to Open

November 21st, 2009

The new Jensen Plaza and Kenney Center at Yale Bowl is scheduled to open in early November and will be formally dedicated at a private ceremony on November 21 before the Yale-Harvard football game. Centerbrook designed these two new additions to the Bowl, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The three-story Kenney Center houses team and training rooms as well as an alumni reception room with views of the field. Outside the center, Jensen Plaza will feature, carved in Mount Airy Granite, the names of all of the Yale “Y” letter-winners who have competed for the Bulldogs since the inaugural team in 1872. The stones will cover 674 square feet of the plaza, which will serve as the welcoming area to the stadium. The first of the stones was laid in early October, and when completed the names of 3,449 sons of Eli will be displayed. Senior project architect Sue Wyeth took part in the installation of the first commemorative stone along with Yale officials. Mark Simon was the partner in charge for the project, and the landscape architects were Stephen Stimson Associates.