Workers began removing a large oak tree at the entrance of the Cagan Stadium at Stanford University on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Kurt Svoboda, senior assistant athletic director at Stanford wrote in an email that the tree on the stadium's west side was slated for removal because it was in poor overall health, in part because of the concrete that surrounded it.
The landmark tree, which was straddled by the stadium bleachers, also posed a safety concern to fans and players, he stated.
Stanford received a tree removal permit from the county and posted a public notice on the tree for more than the required period of time, Svoboda stated.
Six replacement trees will be planted in the surrounding area as a condition of the removal, he wrote.