Jan 18, 2012

Chamber supports NFL at Rose Bowl

  - January 18, 2012

PASADENA - The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce board announced Tuesday it will formally support bringing an interim professional National Football League team to the Rose Bowl for as many as four years.

“Without a deal on the table and without knowing what the financial, environmental and neighborhood impacts may be, the chamber board overwhelmingly supported the idea of looking at the Rose Bowl hosting an NFL team on a short-term basis, should that opportunity arise,” Chamber CEO Paul Little said in a statement.

“The board felt very strongly that it would be a huge lost opportunity to dismiss the interim NFL team before even hearing what any deal terms may be and without understanding what impacts may result.”

No announcement has yet been made on an NFL team coming to the Los Angeles area, although two competing proposals are in play to put teams at the City of Industry or downtown Los Angeles; under either scenario, an NFL team would need a temporary stadium for home games for up to four years, the statement said.

Little said the board would encourage the Rose Bowl to “look into the opportunity and determine if it is in the best interest of the stadium, the community and our local economy to play host to professional football for a defined period of time.”