Jul 3, 2014
Rose Bowl Stadium to unveil newly completed renovations
By Lauren Gold, Pasadena Star-News
PASADENA>> City officials will commemorate the completion of the fourth phase of renovation to the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium next week, just in time for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show.
The renovations include a new plaza in front of Gate A of the stadium, which features a rose shaped mosaic of personalized bricks bearing the names of those who have donated to the stadium. The renovations also included a bioswale, a refurbished Court of Champions and a new field hedge with on-field exits for the lower stadium seats.
The renovations were part of a $182 million in improvements made to the stadium over the last two years, including the new Terry Donahue Pavilion premium seating area. This last phase of the renovation came in at about $13 million.
The renovation saw its fare share of roadblocks, including unexpected costs that forced officials to remove some needed projects from the list and take on $30 million more in debt.
To celebrate the newly completed renovations, Mayor Bill Bogaard and other members of the City Council and the Rose Bowl Operating Company Board of Directors will host a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting on July 1 from 6-9 p.m. Attendees can also enjoy hot dogs and music.
The stadium touts the ceremony as the kick-off to the summer full of events at the stadium - including the July 4 Americafest and seven concerts.
Though the stadium will unveil the stadium’s new entrance plaza July 1, Rose Bowl fans can still purchase personalized bricks, the proceeds of which will help the stadium pay for the renovations. Bricks range in price from $100 to $425 and can be purchased at www.rosebowlbricks.com.