Rose Bowl Pasadena Reviews
The Most Famous of Football Stadiums Oct 24, 2010
The Rose Bowl is Pasadena's most famous landmark. It has hosted the Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day since 1923. A lot of sports moments have happened here. It's a stop on the collegiate football Bowl Championship Series today. UCLA plays its home football games here. Soccer is also played at the Rose Bowl. (It was a venue for the 1994 Men's World Cup, the 1999 Women's World Cup, and the 1984 Olympics.)
The stadium is very much a part of the community, too. A monthly flea market held in the parking lot attracts thousands. Various charity sporting events are held on the grounds. Generations of area teenagers have learned to drive in the expansive parking lots.
I thought the Rose Bowl site would quiet when I paid a visit on a Sunday morning. Instead, it was teeming with activity! Joggers, walkers, and cyclists were out for Sunday morning exercise. A CureSearch Walk fundraising event was getting underway.
Set in the Arroyo Seco, the Rose Bowl is still considered a large sports stadium, seating more than 90,000 spectators.
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UCLA HOME GAMES
the rose bowl, as a venue, is the place where ucla plays its home football games. although ucla's campus is located in westwood (closer to the ocean), it plays its football games in pasadena (way inland).
when going to a ucla home football game, it is best to get there early and leave late -- otherwise, you'll be stuck in some ridiculous traffic -- whether getting there, trying to find parking or leaving the parking lot. more often than not, if you are not tailgating, it is best to park off site and walk to the rose bowl.
when you watch a daytime game, be sure to bring a lot of sunblock as the sun is not forgiving out in pasadena.
if you watch an evening game, it is best to bring a sweatshirt as it does get a bit chilly at night.
this is a "dry" stadium so best drink your booze out in the parking lot or when tailgating. there are tons of food sold inside the stadium though (funnel cakes, burgers, hotdogs, nachos, churros, ice cream, teriyaki chicken, cotton candy, and all sorts of other stuff).
this season, ucla has 6 home games. the first home game has ucla beating brigham young university 27-17. the second home game has ucla beating washington university 44-31. [i will update the home games scoreboard as the season goes on as i plan to be at each of the games... except for the last 2 home games as i plan to be in brazil. yeah!!!]
the rose bowl, as a sporting event, is the oldest and most prestigious bowl game in college football. thus, the rose bowl is also known as the "granddaddy of them all." traditionally, the winners of the pac 10 and big ten play each other on new year's day.
the pac 10 and big 10 are basically leagues consisting of different schools (we call them conferences). pac 10 schools include ucla, washington, washington state, oregon, oregon state, california, stanford, southern california, arizona and arizona state. big 10 schools include michigan, michigan state, wisconsin, illinois, indiana, iowa, northwestern, purdue, minnesota, ohio state, penn state. (it is funny how there are 11 schools in the big "10.")
nowadays, because of the "bowl championship series," it is no longer automatic that the winners of these two conferences play each other.
every second sunday of the month, the rose bowl is host to one of the biggest flea markets in the west coast. there are plenty of good deals here and it is best to haggle. vendors sell clothing to furniture to artwork to pretty much anything. it is quite an experience -- and usually, an all day affair.
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