The historic Yale Bowl, with its Class of 1954 Field, is one of the true treasures in American sports and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. It was the largest athletic stadium in the world and the first football venue with seating completely surrounding the field when it opened on Nov. 21, 1914 for the Yale-Harvard game. The national historic landmark has also hosted National Football League games, international soccer, lacrosse, tennis, concerts, TV advertisements, movies, and the 1995 Special Olympic World Games. The Yale Bowl provided inspiration for the designs of the Rose Bowl and Michigan Stadium.
“Game day at the Yale Bowl is a unique experience steeped in tradition. From the Bulldog Walk under the Walter Camp Memorial, running out of the tunnel onto the Class of 1954 Field, to the victorious singing of “Bulldog”, the historic bowl is full of Yale Spirit. Energetic student support, proud alumni, and faithful New haven fans fill the Bowl to make the Yale Football game day experience unlike any other in the nation.” – Tre Moore ‘19
The Brooks-Dwyer Varsity Weight Room occupies 7,000 feet on the 4th floor of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium. This facility was dedicated in May 1999 as part of a capital project undertaken to expand and modernize this 70-year old “cathedral of sports.” Renovated in the summer of 2013, the 40-yard field turf, Olympic platforms, free weights, cybex machines and video cameras to tape workouts are all utilized to maximize workouts with optimal effectiveness and efficiency.
“The calculated layout of the weight room has instilled a focus and determination in the way we approach our workouts. It has created an atmosphere that allows for each of us as individuals to observe, encourage, and push one another in an intense environment. It is our responsibility to translate the mindset and effort we have developed in the weight room to our practice preparation and game day execution.” – Matt Oplinger ‘18
The Players Lounge is located on the third floor of Ray Tompkins House, adjacent to the Yale Football Office. It is the very first project that Coach Reno upgraded when he was hired as the head coach. It features two flat screen TVs that are each surrounded by three leather couches. The TVs have an extended HD DIRECTV package, a PS4 console, and an Xbox One. Additionally, there are two projector screens at either end of the lounge that serve as DVSport viewing stations. Plaques that display all of the former team award winners cover the walls. Most importantly, however, are the fueling stations we have made available to the players. There is an endless supply of PB&J, deli meats/cheeses, yogurts, trail mix, bagels with cream cheese, granola bars, protein powder, cooked rice, easy-make pasta & soups, and more for the guys to snack on throughout the day. The Players Lounge is open year-round for the Yale Football players only, and is designed for the guys to have a place to relax and hangout with one another.
Smilow Field Center
The Smilow Field Center is the home for all the varsity outdoor athletic teams at Yale University. The Carm Cozza Complex was dedicated on Nov. 13, 2010, and is located on the second floor of the Smilow Field Center. It is the exclusive area of the facility dedicated solely to the Yale Football team. Named after the legendary Cozza, who served as the head coach at Yale from 1965-1996, the complex reflects the success of his College Football Hall of Fame mentorship and includes an abundance of historic memorabilia. In addition to the player’s locker room, the complex holds our team meeting room, the offensive & defensive unit meeting rooms, all of our position meeting rooms, and another fueling station for the players identical to that of the one in the Players Lounge.
The Bulldogs practice on four different fields adjacent to the historic baseball venue, Yale Field. The driveway from Derby Avenue goes behind Yale Field and brings each of the practice surfaces (2 full-field grass, 1 full-field synthetic, & 1 half-field synthetic) into view. One of those practice venues is Clint Frank Field, which is located within the DeWitt Cuyler Athletic Complex and the Dwyer Track and is the site of junior varsity football contests. Named after Yale’s second Heisman Trophy recipient (1937), Frank Field includes seating for 1,500 and a scoreboard.
The Kenneys are the only family to have five members play football for the Bulldogs and the only four-brother football combination in school history: Brian R. ’61, Jerry P. ’63, Robert D. ’67, & Richard L. ’71 all wore the blue and white; as did Robert’s son, Jeffrey S. ’93. Bright and spacious, the first floor “1960 Team Room” accommodates the entire varsity team and provides access to the famed Yale Bowl tunnel, which has led generations of Yale Football players onto the field. This room honors the perfect (9-0) squad from 1960. The “Cutler Team Room”, named to recognize Alexander M. Cutler ’73 & Sally Cutler for their generous support of the Yale Football Program, serves as an additional team meeting room for the Elis.
The Kenney Center also features the “Champions Room”, located on the third floor, which is decorated with images of each Yale Ivy League Championship team hanging from the ceiling. Its glass walls open so guests can experience the sights and sounds of the game, but they can be closed to provide protection from the weather as well.
Named to recognize the gifts of Irving F. Jensen Jr. ’54, Colin C Jensen ’57, Erik M. Jensen ’63, & Mark R. Jensen ’67, Jensen Plaza is a place for fans to gather before and after games. Two of the Jensen brothers are former Yale Football players who earned Ivy League Championship rings. Colin was part of the 1956 Bulldog squad that went 8-1, was undefeated in Ancient Eight play, and cruised past Princeton & Harvard en route to a title. Erik was a member of the Eli’s last perfect team in 1960, a 9-0 effort, challenged early in two victories before reeling off seven lopsided wins.