Museum, San Diego, CA
Place Category: Memorial & Statue
On July 10th, 1999, was the final game in the FIFA Women’s World Cup between China and the US team at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, with more than 90K people in the crowd. The US team won when Brandi Chastain scored the last penalty goal.
It was a historic moment in women’s sports history, paving the way for more female professionals in team sports and inspiring many young girls to pursue their sports dreams.
Celebrating the 20 years of this iconic moment, the Rose Bowl Stadium commissioned Brian Hanlon to create a statue. It depicts Chastain in her iconic pose just after scoring the winning goal; behind her is a round relief panel showing her teammates running towards her to join the celebration.
Three weeks before the dedication ceremony, the national US women soccer team made history again when they won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. This win would not have happened without the 1999 historic win.
Three of the original team members, Saskia Webber, Lorrie Fair, and Brandi Chastain, attended the dedication ceremony; together, they read all the team members’ names and numbers.
From Chastain’s speech- “It’s the celebration of an amazing World Cup but also a celebration of women who are strong, who are passionate. We knew what we wanted, and we went after it.”
Address: Rose Bowl Stadium, Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA
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