2002-2004: The Campanile closes for renovations, including an elevator upgrade, on March 2, 2002. It reopens for weekday visits in early 2003, but stays closed weekends until Big Game 2004. Carillon music continues to be played three times daily.
As part of the renovation, the west clock gets an overhaul. Steeplejack Jim Phelan, whose father, sister and nephew also have scaled the tower to carry out repairs, removes the clock’s heavy minute hand and shaft so that a repairman can dismantle the inside mechanism. The tower’s four 17-foot-diameter clocks remain among the largest and oldest timepieces in Northern California.