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A Guide To The Rose Bowl

August 30, 2010 12:14 AM

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The Rose Bowl, built in 1922, is best known as the location of the annual Tournament of Roses football game and the home stadium of the UCLA Bruins. The stadium has also played host to five NFL Super Bowl’s, the 1984 Olympic Soccer Matches, the 1994 Men’s World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup and the 2002 and 2006 BCS National College Football Championship Games. One of the most well known football stadiums, the Rose Bowl ranks eighth in the country by capacity and is currently the largest stadium to host post-season bowl games. It has earned a spot in the Top 20 Venues of the Twentieth Century and in 2007, Sports Illustrated named the Rose Bowl the number one venue in college sports.

Coming and Going

Parking at the Rose Bowl is limited, so arrive early to avoid any traffic congestion. For UCLA games, parking costs $20 for vehicles and motorcycles and $40 for buses, RVs and limousines. All RVs are able to park at the stadium along West Drive (spaces are very limited). All parking lots close 90 minutes after the game. Click HERE for an interactive map

Driving Directions

FROM THE SOUTH
Along the 110 (Downtown Los Angeles) Corridor  3 EXITS-USE ALL EXITS110 Fwy – Exit Orange Grove Left at top of ramp (Orange Grove; Continue North on Orange Grove to Lincoln; Lincoln to Seco; Left on Seco; Right on Rosemont, then as directed.110 Fwy – Exit Fair OaksLeft at top of ramp (Fair Oaks); Continue North on Fair Oaks to Columbia; Left on Columbia; North on Orange Grove to Lincoln; Lincoln to Seco; Left on Seco; Right on Rosemont, then as directed

110 Fwy – Exit Arroyo Pkwy (End of 110 Fwy)

Continue North on Arroyo Pkwy; Left on Del Mar; Right on Orange Grove; Continue North on Orange Grove to Lincoln; Lincoln to Seco; Left on Seco; Right on Rosemont, then as directed.

FROM THE WEST
Along the 134 (Ventura) Corridor:  3 EXITS – USE ALL EXITS134 Fwy to 2 Fwy North to 210 Fwy East – Exit Linda Vista / Berkshire Left at bottom of ramp (Berkshire Pl); Right on Oak Grove Dr; Right on Highland (Overpass) Left on Linda Vista; Left on Salvia Canyon, then as directed.134 Fwy to 2 Fwy North to 210 Fwy East – Exit Arroyo Blvd / Windsor Ave Right at top of ramp (Windsor); Right on Rosemont, then as directed.

134 Fwy to 2 Fwy North to 210 Fwy East – Exit Lincoln Ave / Washington Blvd

Right at bottom of ramp (Howard); Left on Arroyo Blvd; Right on Washington, then as directed.

FROM THE NORTHWEST
Along the 210 (San Fernando) Corridor:3 EXITS – USE ALL EXITS210 Fwy East- Exit Linda Vista / Berkshire Left at bottom of ramp (Berkshire Pl); Right on Oak Grove Dr; Right on Highland (Overpass) Left on Linda Vista; Left on Salvia Canyon, then as directed.210 Fwy East – Exit Arroyo Blvd / Windsor Ave Right at top of ramp (Windsor); Right on Rosemont, then as directed.

210 Fwy East – Exit Lincoln Ave / Washington Blvd

Right at bottom of ramp (Howard); Left on Arroyo Blvd; Right on Washington, then as directed.

FROM THE EAST
Along the 210 (San Gabriel Valley) Corridor:4 EXITS – USE ALL EXITS210 Fwy West – Continue West towards San Fernando – Exit Seco / Mountain Left at bottom of ramp (Mountain); continue on Seco; Right on Rosemont, then as directed.210 Fwy West – Continue West towards San Fernando – Exit Lincoln Left at bottom of ramp (Lincoln); once on Lincoln you may be directed one of two ways: Turn right on Howard; Left on Arroyo Blvd; Right on Washington then as directed to Golf Course Parking; or if as directed continue south on Lincoln; Right on Washington, then as directed.

210 Fwy West – Continue West towards San Fernando – Exit Arroyo / Windsor

Left at top of ramp (Windsor) Continue onto Arroyo Blvd; Right turn on Rosemont then as directed.

PARK & RIDE SHUTTLE

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A free shuttle service is provided to and from the Rose Bowl at Parsons Engineering located in Old Town Pasadena at 100 W Walnut in Pasadena, CA (corner of Fair Oaks and Walnut). Shuttle runs 4 hours prior to kick off and 2 hours after the end of the game. Passengers from the shuttle are dropped off and picked up between gates “B” and “C”. All shuttles are wheelchair friendly. Parking at Parsons will cost $15.

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Public Transportation

The best option to travel to the Rose Bowl is by taking the Metro Gold Line. The Memorial Park Station is two short blocks to Parson Engineering where you can take the free shuttle.

For gold line and MTA hours of operation and maps visit: www.metro.net

At The Stadium

UCLA Bruins Football

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The Rose Bowl field has been the home of all UCLA Bruin football games since 1982. The first two seasons in their new and improved stadium led to two Rose Bowl Game appearances in 1983 and 1984. UCLA has participated in five Rose Bowl games since moving their home location to Pasadena. The Bruins have to travel 26 miles from the hills of Westwood to the Rose Bowl to play in their home games and just 14 miles to take on their biggest rival, the USC Trojans every other year at the Coliseum.

UCLA Tickets

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Ticket prices for UCLA home games at the Rose Bowl are reasonably priced and start from $24. The Bruins will host for the 2010 season: Stanford, Houston, Washington State, Arizona, Oregon State and cross-town rival USC.

Season Ticket Holder Benefits: Season ticket holders earn exclusive benefits with their support each season, every game. To view the 2010 Season Ticket Holder Benefits, click here.

All season ticket packages can be purchased here.

Tip: Check out FanSnap.com and SeatGeek.com. These two aggregators search for tickets available on all major secondary markets. Both sites also use algorithms to analyze whether each ticket is a good or bad deal. SeatGeek also offers forecasts of ticket prices based on historical transactions. It sounds complicated, but they’re doing all the work. Just sign up for an alert and buy the tickets when they tell you to.

The Rose Bowl Game – The Granddaddy of them All

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The Rose Bowl game, or better known as The Granddaddy of Them All, is played every year between the champs of the Big Ten and the Pac-10 on January 1st.  The game is in its 97th year, the longest running of current bowl games and highest attended college football game since 1945. The tradition is part of the Tournament of Roses Parade and bands from both teams participate along the five-and-a-half mile route.

For ticket information log onto TournamentOfRose.com

Tailgating

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The Rose Bowl has a rich tradition of tailgating and there is plenty of room for it, since the Brookside Golf Course is used as a parking lot. You can bring charcoal or propane barbecue grills, fold-able chairs and all the food you can cook!

If you can arrive early, like 5:30 a.m., lot “H” is the most popular place to tailgate. The south end lot has several food vendors such as Carl’s Jr. and has your Bruin memorabilia for sale at the UCLA store.

Tip: When it gets hot, you may want to tailgate on the golf course; it is way cooler hanging out in the grass than the hot concrete of the main parking lots.

Tip: UCLA has a tailgating twitter page to keep you updated on all the Bruin fun. @twitter.com/uclatailgate

Around the Stadium:

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If you decide not to tailgate, there are plenty of great bars and restaurants in Old Town Pasadena located on Colorado Boulevard, just a short distance away from the Parson’s shuttle. Barney’s Beanery is a great place to eat and drink. It has many flat screen TVs to watch your preferred game. If you plan to attend “The Rose Bowl Game,” Old Town Pasadena will be crowded with people as it is the center of the Rose Parade.

Food/Comfort

The concessions are primarily classic stadium food, but you can find specialty items in the concourse, like the very popular kettle corn and roasted almonds. For the restrooms, expect long lines at halftime and after the game. At UCLA home games, the Rose Bowl does NOT permit the sale of alcohol. However, alcohol can be purchased during the “The Rose Bowl” game and the national championship, if hosted.

Tip: After the game look out for the vendors selling bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Make sure to get out early from the game to avoid lines…those lines can get long!

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