Since 2011, the City of Pasadena has invested more than $165 million to modernize the facility and to allow fans to better enjoy their visits.  The multi-phase construction project is now 95% complete with the most recent completions of a brick donor plaza, renovated Court of Champions and enhancements to Gate A.  Future work will focus on improvements to additional gates, the stadium service yard and the North concourse. 

Over the past four years, the infrastructure in the Stadium has been upgraded as well as visible enhancements for fans.  In addition to a new video board and the South and East score board restorations, ten LED panels are now part of the Stadium, along with ten clocks, new aisles and handrails, expanded tunnels for easier entry and exit, improved bathroom facilities and a new broadcast building.  The electrical, plumbing and sound systems have also been upgraded.

The crown jewel of the renovation is the Terry Donahue Pavilion.  The enormous structure is home to 54 Luxury Suites, 48 Loge Boxes, 1200 Club Seats, state-of-the-art press boxes and a new broadcast center.


What is cost of the renovation project?

The current cost projection is $181 million, if current assumptions of plans are completed.

What is the financing plan?

Recently, the Pasadena City Council has approved $30 million of new bond financing raising the total funding to $168 million. Any funding above $168 million will derive from private donations (Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign), or by surplus net revenues generated by the RBOC on an annual basis.

What elements of the project won’t be completed?

All five of the project’s original objectives (improving public safety, enhancing the fan’s experience, improvement of facility operations, creation of a revenue stream to provide long term funding for stadium improvements and continue to have the stadium be designated as a National Historic Landmark) have been fulfilled. The elements that are currently deferred include: expanding the stadium’s fence line to double the size of the concourse; improving the aesthetic appearance of the gate structures; providing field level exiting; installation of new restrooms adjacent to the field; reviving the historic field hedges; and some concession stand improvements. It is anticipated that these remaining elements will be completed within the next few years.

When will the Terry Donahue Pavilion be completed?

The Terry Donahue Pavilion was complete in 2013 and named after legendary UCLA Coach Terry Donahue. Those guests, premium seat holders and media members who have already experience the Pavilion have had a very positive reaction.

What aspects of the renovation are happening in 2013?

The Pavilion will be complete in the coming months, new restrooms on the west side are being constructed and work related to the broadcasting of events will shortly commence, with all to be completed prior to the first UCLA home game in late August.

How is the Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign doing?

The Rose Bowl Legacy campaign has raised more than $10 million to date of the $20 million net goal. The tremendous support of Legacy from donors is a testament to the importance of the Rose Bowl to our community.

Are there plans for ongoing improvements the stadium in the future, so other elements of the stadium can be upgraded?

The Rose Bowl Stadium has stood the test of time because of the enduring commitment of the City of Pasadena and the support from the Tournament of Roses and UCLA. Moving forward, there will be a need for continued investment in the stadium to preserve our treasured home.