Rose Bowl Stadium

Pasadena, California is home to the Rose Bowl, a popular outdoor sports venue. The stadium first opened in October 1922 and is now a California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. With its current all-seated capacity of about 92,540, the Rose Bowl is the 10th-largest NCAA stadium, the 11th-largest stadium in the United States, and the 16th-largest stadium in the world. Just 10 miles northeast of Downtown LA is where you’ll find the stadium.

The Rose Bowl is one of the most iconic stadiums in sports since it hosts the Rose Bowl Game each year. Home to the UCLA Bruins football team since 1982. The stadium has hosted five Super Bowl games, good for third most of any location. The Rose Bowl has been used for several major soccer events, including the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, the 1984 Olympic Soccer Gold Medal Match, and many CONCACAF and United States Soccer Federation fixtures.

The Rose Bowl Operating Company is a nonprofit organization whose board is made up of Pasadena city council members who also own the stadium and the adjacent Brookside Golf & Country Club. One member each of UCLA and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses sits on the board of directors. From 1999 until his retirement in June 2022, Darryl Dunn served as CEO and General Manager.

Tournament Park, located about 3 miles southeast, is next to the campus of the California Institute of Technology, and was the site of the bowl game now known as the Rose Bowl Game from its inception in January 1922 until December 1921. After realizing that the temporary stands couldn’t hold more than 40,000 people, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association set out to construct a permanent stadium.

In 1921, Myron Hunt was commissioned to design the stadium. The 1914 debut of the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut, served as inspiration for his design. Arroyo Seco is where the stadium will be built. From February to October of 1922, workers built the Rose Bowl. The nearby Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was also being built at the time, and it too would be finished in May 1923, not long after the Rose Bowl. The stadium’s horseshoe shape been modified through multiple additions. In 1928, the stadium’s southern stands were finished, completing the bowl shape of the venue.

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