In the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, large public gatherings on the West Coast were prohibited by the U.S. government due to safety concerns. The first major events to be canceled were the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade. With both Pasadena’s Rose Bowl and Oregon State’s Bell Field ruled out as venues, Duke University stepped up, inviting the PAC 10 champs to play the bowl game at Duke Stadium in Durham, NC.
Presented is rare program from this 1/1/42 event, printed on the front cover with Durham as the location. Rating a solid (VG) designation, this hardy survivor is complete and intact with appealing colors, decent gloss and moderate wear, including a light vertical compacting fold.
At the time the Rose Bowl was one of the largest college football venues, with a capacity of 90,000. Duke’s much smaller home field held just 35,000 fans and in a hurried effort bleachers were borrowed from nearby stadiums to bring the seating to 50,000+. This was still a far cry from the revered major bowl site in Pasadena. Obviously this resulted in far fewer sales of game day souvenirs, as evidenced by the relative scarcity of surviving programs. Heavily favored Duke was stunned by an Oregon State upset, winding up on the wrong side of a 20-16 score.