|Country||United States of America|
|Inauguration||28/10/1922 (California Golden Bears – USC Trojans)|
|Renovations||1928, 1949, 1982, 1998, 2010–2015|
|Record attendance||106,869 (1973 Rose Bowl)|
|Cost||$272,000 (1922), $170 million (2015)|
|Address||University of California at Los Angeles, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103|
Rose Bowl – stadium description
Though in terms of design it was based on the older Yale Bowl, this stadium in Pasadena, California today is far more recognised than the original one, whether you consider the US or in fact the world. The stadium’s name derives from the Rose Bowl game, held here every year since January 1, 1923. Nicknamed “The Granddaddy of them all”, this place is where all “bowl games” took the name from.
The stadium lies in beautiful Arroyo Seco area just north of Los Angeles. It was initially built with a horseshoe shape back in 1922, but the open end got enclosed by 1928. To this day the bowl built then exists almost unchanged, only undergoing minor additions or reconfigurations.
With its immense size, the bowl was able to accommodate a stunning number of 104,091 people at peak (1972-1997), temporarily becoming the largest stadium throughout the country. With addition of seating, especially in the west and east zone (with backrests) its size decreased to some 92,200 today.
In 2010-2015 the largest upgrade so far was carried out. Planned for $152 million, it eventually cost over $170 million and lasted much longer than anticipated. As a result of the works, a large expansion of the west stand’s press and hospitality pavilion was carried out, improving the club’s commercial potential. The project’s price was over 600 times the original construction cost!
Rose Bowl became legendary as Los Angeles’ largest stadium, the Rose Bowl game site and, since 1982, the home of UCLA Bruins. But even putting all of the American football heritage aside, the stadium has far greater soccer history than many European venues.
First, it hosted the 1984 Olympics soccer finals. Second, this was where the 1994 World Cup final took place. Third, it also played host to the 1999 Women’s World Cup final. And we could continue with such list much longer: internationals played here by USA, Gold Cup games, MLS Cup, LA Galaxy and other soccer fixtures also took place here.
USA: New attendance record for MLS match
Independence Day, a derby of the most populated city in California, and on top of that - Rose Bowl - an extraordinary stadium for an unexceptional event. As predicted, all these factors meant that Major League Soccer has a new record, and it is not because of Leo Messi.
Copa America 2024: USA to host the tournament
CONMEBOL and CONCACAF have signed an agreement for the cooperation of international and club competitions. Under the contract, it was also agreed that the next edition of the Copa America would be organized by the United States. It will be the second such event organized by this country.
USA: Special opener of the new MLS season at iconic stadium
The Los Angeles Derby between LA Galaxy and LAFC will open the 2023 Major League Soccer season. It will be a treat for fans, as the match is scheduled to be in the monumental Rose Bowl in Pasadena, which can accommodate more than 90,000 attendees!
2026 World Cup: Canada, Mexico and (largely) USA win
As we await the joy and sadness of this year's World Cup, we've also learnt who will host the 2026 edition. For the first time in history three host countries will hold the event. Also, no new stadium (!) is listed for the event.
New section: Meet the world’s 20 biggest stadiums!
You’ve seen too many rankings like this? No, you haven’t, or so says your survey feedback. We decided to step up and present a permanent list of the largest football stadiums around the world!
Copa America Centenario: Record-breaking, but far from perfect
You only have a centenary once, so CONMEBOL celebrated with a massive party. And while Copa America Centenario was the largest ever, still one in three stadium seats remained empty.
Copa América Centenario: Greatest tournament ever… almost
No World Cup ever had stadiums as big as those of the ongoing Copa América 2016! Americans again outgrow the rest of the world, but… the ticket demand isn’t exactly there.
USA: Are these the venues for Copa America 2016?
We’ve had the last Copa America this year, but there’s one much, much bigger coming up in 2016. Why? It’s the centenary and USA will host one of the world’s largest tournaments. Again.
USA: Los Angeles takes over for 2024 Olympics
Speculations are now confirmed as we look into Los Angeles 2024 bid book. This would be the third time for LA to hold the Olympics and third time at the very same stadium…