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Pasadena City Council Approves Rose Bowl Renovation Plan

The Pasadena City Council today approved a $152-million financing plan to renovate the iconic Rose Bowl, the UCLA Bruins announced today:

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The focus of the multimillion dollar, three-phase project is improving tunnel ingress/egress, improving concourse circulation, increasing the number of concession stands and restrooms, providing state-of-the-art premium seating products in a rebuilt press box, a new scoreboard and cutting-edge video board. The renovation will also address key stadium infrastructure needs that will allow the facility to continue to operate for decades to come. Work would begin in January 2011 and continue outside the football season through August 2013. Primary funding for the renovations would come from bonds to be issued by the city of Pasadena.

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As part of the plan, UCLA will continue to play its home football games at the stadium through at least 2042, and the annual Rose Bowl game will be played at the Rose Bowl through 2043. The Bruins have played their home games at the Rose Bowl since 1982.

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Per the Rose Bowl stadium website, none of the renovations will take place during football season, and the total capacity of the stadium is expected to be reduced by 2,000 to 3,000, but still be over 87,000.

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