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The 102nd Rose Bowl Game

Stanford vs Iowa

Posted on January 12, 2016

On January 1st, 2016, the 102nd Rose Bowl Game was held at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. This year's matchup between Stanford Cardinal and Iowa Hawkeyes was a spectacle for all to behold, but the real showstoppers were the incredible marching bands from both universities. The pre-game show featured two of the most talented marching bands in the country, who wowed viewers around the world with their magical formations.

Aerial Photography Captures Unseen Moves

Aerial photography was used to capture every intricate move of both bands as they each performed their shows. By photographing from above, we can capture formations and moves that may be difficult to see from the ground. Furthermore, viewers can get a sense of perspective on how much work goes into creating such complex formations and the precision involved in executing such complex maneuvers.

The Stanford Band can be seen forming a star shape at the 102nd Rose Bowl Game, as hundreds of uniformed members march in unison on the field amid thousands of cheering spectators in the stands who are all watching this thrilling spectacle.

The Pre-Game Performance at the Rose Bowl

The Stanford Band and The Hawkeye Marching Band came together to perform on New Year’s Day 2016 at the Rose Bown Stadium. With over 500 musicians in attendance, each marching band spelled out various messages on the field and other intricate designs.

Aerial photographers Mark & Steven worked diligently throughout the performance to make sure that every formation was captured perfectly. They flew in an airplane above the stadium to get a unique overhead perspective of each formation as the show progressed on the field below.

A Closer Look at Teamwork and Precision

Leading up to this momentous event, each marching band put a lot of hard work into perfecting their formations and choreography. Marching band members spend countless hours practicing with precision and dedication so that their performance can be flawless for everyone who watches it live or on television. All of their hard work paid off when they took to the field on January 1st in front of more than 60,000 fans! Their teamwork is what made these stunning photographs possible!

A stunning aerial photo of the Hawkeye Marching Band proudly spelling out the word "HAWKS" in bright yellow and black during their historic performance at the 102nd Rose Bowl Game

The Benefits of Aerial Photography

Aerial photography provides a unique perspective of the Rose Bowl Game. There is something special about looking down on such an iconic stadium with so much history contained within its walls. We can also make out every detail of the intricate turf pattern that was designed specifically for the game. It's amazing how much work goes into making these games look as good as possible from a visual standpoint!

Aerial photographs taken before the game gave viewers an unrivaled view of what happened both on and off the field. In addition to providing a unique perspective on this historic rivalry, aerial photography also made it possible for viewers to experience certain aspects of the game that would not have been possible otherwise.

For example, aerial photographs show a top-down view of a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber as it flies over the Rose Bowl Stadium, a view that is impossible to see from ground level. Aerial views allow football fans all over the world to get a unique look at what makes the Rose Bowl Game so special each year! Aerial images also show just how beautiful Pasadena can be in the wintertime. The weather conditions were perfect for football and for some excellent shots taken from up high!

An impressive aerial photo of a B-2 Stealth Bomber soaring gracefully over the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, highlighting its signature swooping wingspan and sharp angles, further emphasizing its reputation as one of the most advanced and stealthiest aircraft ever created.

The Rose Bowl Game Teams

The Rose Bowl is one of the most prestigious college football bowls in the country, and it has been played annually since 1902. This year marked the 102nd anniversary of this highly anticipated event, which pit Stanford Cardinal against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Stanford Cardinal Overview

The Stanford Cardinal finished the regular season with an impressive 11-2 record. Led by quarterback KJ Costello, they had shown tremendous offensive skills throughout the season. They finished with an average of 36 points per game and over 400 yards of total offense per game. Their defense has also been dominant, allowing just over 20 points per game this season.

This aerial photograph captures the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, on the day of the 102nd Rose Bowl Game; one of the most celebrated college football games in American history.

Iowa Hawkeyes Overview

The Iowa Hawkeyes also ended their regular season on a high note, finishing with a 12-1 record overall. They have relied heavily on their rushing attack this season, averaging 180 rushing yards per game. Their defense has also been strong, giving up an average of 20 points per game during their regular season campaign.

The 102nd Rose Bowl Game certainly had its fair share of drama but it also allowed us to appreciate some truly stunning aerial photography taken during the event. These aerial shots showcased not only how talented both teams were but the professionalism and skill of the two marching bands as well. While there could only be one winner of this year’s game, everyone who caught a glimpse of these remarkable aerial photos surely won something too—a lasting memory they will never forget!

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An aerial photograph of the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium and its surrounding Pasadena, California area before the start of the 102nd Rose Bowl Game in January 2016