Jun 9, 2013

Rose Bowl Stadium unveils new Pavilion for Football Fans

There is hardly a spot in Pasadena that does not have a beautiful view. San Gabriel Mountains to the north and east, San Rafael Hills to the west, and city lights to the south. The new Rose Bowl Stadium Pavilion, which hosted an open house on June 8, 2013, takes full advantage of those views and the beautiful year-round weather in Southern California.

Perched atop the home side of the Rose Bowl, the pavilion offers premium boxes packed with luxuries—flat screen TVs, tables, couches, and food preparation areas. Each box has loge seating outside and access to open decks on the west.

At Saturday’s open house, dignitaries from the City of Pasadena, the Rose Bowl Operating Committee (RBOC), the Tournament of Roses and UCLA were on hand to cut the ribbon and celebrate the near-completion of the state-of-the-art facility.

“The Rose Bowl has played such an important role in the development of the city, in putting the city on the map,” Mayor Bill Bogaard said.

The press box is three times larger than previously and has dining and cooking areas. There are special booths wired for radio broadcasting, and video broadcasters have separate booths in the top level for each network. Wi-Fi will be available when the pavilion opens. Also on the top level is a command post staffed by stadium security and police, fire, and Rose Bowl personnel.

Noting that the Rose Bowl Stadium is the only stadium left that hosts the eponymous collegiate game, Pasadena PIO told Examiner, “This is a huge milestone accomplishment for the Rose Bowl and the City. It’s the first time the public has an opportunity to see the pavilion.” Indeed, public tours of the stadium are being offered for the first time, as well.

Darryl Dunn, RBOC CEO/General Manager said that the project was very successful in employing Pasadena residents. “We matched and bested City Hall (renovations) and the Convention Center combined,” he said, with 234 local hires. More than $2 million was paid to locals, more than $3 million to local contractors, and with other spending, $12 million was poured into the local economy, he stated.

Emcee and City Councilmember Victor Gordo shared that his first job as a kid was selling stuffed footballs at the Super Bowl in the Rose Bowl. “This is America’s stadium,” he said.

Dignitaries attending were Congresswoman Judy Chu, State Senator Carol Liu, State Assemblymember Chris Holden, Mayor Bill Bogaard and Vice-Mayor Gene Masuda, Councilmembers Victor Gordo and Jacque Robinson, City Manager Michael Beck and Asst. City Manager Julie Gutierrez, RBOC CEO Darryl Dunn and most of the RBOC board members, Tournament of Roses Executive Vice President Rich Chinen and Executive Director Bill Flinn, UCLA Director Administrative Policies & Compliance Bill Cormier, former State Attorney General John Van de Kamp, Deputy Chief of Police Darryl Qualls, Pasadena Library Director Jan Sanders, and the Rev. Father Khoren Badouchian of St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church.

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