Michigan Stadium features redwood bench seating that existed from 1927 - 2005. Ohio is crafted from authentic virgin, reserve seat wood, which was part of the original shipment of seat wood to Ohio Stadium and was set aside for future repairs and replacement. UC Berkeley is crafted from authentic California Memorial Stadium bench wood, which was in use from 1923-2010.
Laser engraved with the University name. Tokens-designed quality nickel-plated hardware. Handy loop at back for hanging out until pressed into service.
Officially licensed by CLC (Collegiate Licensing Company) & the University.
The salvaged stadium seat wood used to make these items have been procured directly from the Universities or official University partners.
An authenticity card is included with each item.
Note, in the case of Ohio Stadium the wood is reserve redwood which was part of the original shipment of seat wood to Ohio Stadium and was set aside for future repairs and replacement. Later the Stadium switched to plastic and aluminum seats.
Michigan Stadium Seat Wood
Twenty-two miles of California redwood bleacher-style seats were installed prior to the 1927 dedication of Michigan Stadium. In 1965, the benches were clad in blue fiberglass to prevent discoloration and further weathering of the wood. During an infrastructural upgrade at the Big House, a limited number of these seats were salvaged by a private party with a 30-year University relationship. On March 9, 2005, they were transported from the stadium grounds to private storage and ultimately to a warehouse about 300 yards from the stadium, where they’ve been preserved since 2010. A limited amount of this redwood bench seating has been entrusted to Tokens & Icons to create unique and tasteful gifts for the Michigan faithful.
Ohio Stadium Seat Wood
Ohio Stadium opened in 1922 and is known for its award-winning horseshoe shape which was designed by an Ohio-born architect, Howard Dwight-Smith. Though there was initial concern that the 66,210 opening capacity would be too large, 90,411 fans came to cheer the Buckeyes in 1925. After World War II, the Stadium was regularly sold out and seating accomodations increased every few years to keep up with demand. Today, the capacity is over 102 thousand seats and it is the fourth largest football stadium in the US. On the north side, the Stadium features a rotunda - originally inspired by the Pantheon in Rome - with stained glass windows of Buckeye teams. In 1974, after one of seven undefeated seasons that the Buckeyes have had in Ohio Stadium, the venue was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
California Memorial Stadium Seat Wood
From the time California Memorial Stadium opened in 1923, Golden Bear fans faithfully cheered from blue and gold seats for 88 seasons, creating scores of unforgettable memories for generations of football fans. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the success attained in the 2000's, the venerable facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest games in the history of Cal football. When renovation on the Stadium began in 2010, Cal Athletics officially licensed Tokens & Icons to offer gift items and furniture from the historic venue's benches. As much of the wood was painted long ago with lead-based paint, Tokens & Icons carefully hand-selected each bench piece and is working solely with the more recent lead-free painted benches.