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Date Opened Nov. 21, 1914
Venue Capacity 70,869
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Venue Address 276 Derby Ave
West Haven, CT 06516-1046

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The Yale Bowl is a football stadium in New Haven, Connecticut on the border of West Haven. Completed in 1914, the stadium seats 64,269 - reduced by renovations from the original capacity of 70,869. It is the home to the Yale University football team (the "Bulldogs" or the "Elis"), and also hosted the New York Giants from 1973-1974 while Yankee Stadium was being renovated and Giants Stadium was under construction.

Ground was broken on the stadium in August of 1913. It was built into an enormous natural bowl located several miles west of Yale's main campus at The Walter Camp Field, with locker rooms located under the sidelines. It was the first natural bowl stadium in the country, and provided inspiration for the design of such stadiums as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Rose Bowl, and Michigan Stadium. (Yale's arch-rival, Harvard, has the first concrete stadium and first "horseshoe"-shaped stadium, which is another major prototype for football stadia.) The current scoreboard (notable for the time clock being arranged vertically instead of horizontally) was added in 1958, and in 1986 the current press box was added. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

The facility was designed to partially echo the campus's neogothic design. As such, parts of the facade were treated with acid to imitate the effects of aging, a procedure that has instead required constant upkeep and renovation to prevent deterioration. As of summer, 2005, many of the outside retaining walls and portal entries were deteriorating as a result. However, in the spring and summer of 2006, the bowl underwent a full-scale renovation, which was finished just in time for the Yale home-opener on Saturday, September 16, 2006.

In the summer of 1980, the "Bowl" hosted an outdoor concert with Eagles, Heart, and The Little River Band. A picture from the show can be seen on the Eagles double live album.

On Friday, October 5, 2001, the closing ceremony of the Yale Tercentennial was held at the Yale Bowl. Guests included Tom Wolfe '57, William F. Buckley '50, Sesame Street's Big Bird, Paul Simon '96, and Garry Trudeau '70.

The Connecticut Tennis Center (owned by Yale), home to the annual ATP/WTA event (the Pilot Pen tournament), is located across Yale Avenue from the stadium.

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