Award of Merit: Longevity Category
The Rose Bowl Stadium Restoration
Submitted by Sika Corporation
Rose Bowl Operating Company
Wheeler & Gray
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
When one thinks of iconic sporting venues in the U.S., there are few that are larger or more historic than the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA. Originally built in 1922, the original capacity for the stadium was 57,000 people. In 1930, the wood bleachers were replaced with cast-in-place reinforced concrete bleachers with wooden benches. Additional rows at the back of the seating bowl were added increasing the capacity up to 80,000 people. Eventually, the total capacity of the stadium was increased to over 100,000 people, but no major repairs were ever made to the concrete structure of the stadium itself.
Over years of use and wear and tear, there were a few issues with the concrete deterioration that needed to be addressed. The repair work, which began in March of 1998, selected a system approach to repair both the damage of the entire concrete surface and the spalls and cracks caused by the corrosion of the steel reinforcing in the concrete risers and treads.
2008 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Rose Bowl Stadium concrete repair project. Over that time, the stadium has continued to be a highly visible, greatly used sports arena hosting major sporting events such as the 1999 women’s FIFA World Cup final and the 2002 and 2006 NCAA BCS college football championship games.
After 10 years of use, the repairs that were made to the stadium are still standing up to the test of time and other than dirt pick up, still look as good today as they did when they were made.