The Rose Bowl is pretty ugly — Ohio State is up, 28-3 — but the setting is typically beautiful, with the fading sunlight splashing across the San Gabriel Mountains. The 98-year-old stadium looks good for its age, in large part thanks to the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, determined to protect the historic landmark for future generations.
This year, the foundation will dedicate two statues at the Rose Bowl, one in memory of late broadcasting legend Keith Jackson, and the other to honor the 1999 Team USA women’s World Cup champions. Monuments for Peyton Manning — who played his first college game in the stadium, in 1994 — and the 1932 Olympics track cycling. The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation has raised $34 million since its founding in 2010.