17 Fun Facts About The Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl stadium, famous for hosting the college football bowl game that shares its name, is located in the city of Pasadena and is one of the most well known stadiums in the country. Many big games have been played there in football and soccer, and it has also hosted other sporting events too. Here is a look at 17 fun facts about a stadium that every sports fan in America has heard of.

#1 – The address of the Rose Bowl is 1001 Rose Bowl Drive in Pasadena, California.

#2 – Ground was broken on the site in 1921 and the stadium was opened in 1922.

#3 – The entire construction cost of the Rose Bowl at the time was $272,198.

#4 – The most people to ever attend a football game at the stadium was 106,869. This happened for the 1973 Rose Bowl.

#5 – The stadium sits in the dry riverbed of the Arroyo Seco, a seasonal waterway that has been diverted to go around it.

#6 – The Rose Bowl stadium is owned by the City of Pasadena.

#7 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, another major stadium located near to the Rose Bowl, was under construction at the same time as the Rose Bowl.

#8 – In 1942, the Rose Bowl game was played in North Carolina at Duke University due to security concerns following the attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the only time since 1923 that the game has not been played at Rose Bowl stadium.

#9 – The Rose Bowl hosts the graduating ceremonies of two local high schools, Pasadena High School and John Muir High School.

#10 – Upon its completion the Rose Bowl was a horseshoe shaped stadium. It wasn’t until 1928 that stands were built on the southern end making it a fully enclosed stadium.

#11 – The Rose Bowl hosted the Super Bowl in 1977, 1980, 1983, 1987 and 1993.

#12 – Three professional soccer teams have called the Rose Bowl home over the years. The Los Angeles Wolves played there in 1968. The Los Angeles Aztecs played there from 1978 to 1979. From 1996 to 2003, the stadium was home to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

#13 – In 1983, the Rose Bowl was home to the yearly Army-Navy game. This is the only time the game has ever been played west of the Mississippi River.

#14 – The stadium has hosted the home games of the UCLA Bruins since 1982. The Bruins had played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1928, but when the Oakland Raiders moved there in 1982, the Bruins relocated to the Rose Bowl.

#15 – The playing surface of the Rose Bowl sits at 825 feet above sea level.

#16 – In August of 2006, the Rose Bowl hosted auditions for the American reality television show, American Idol.

#17 – The Rose Bowl has hosted Olympic events in both 1932 (cycling) and 1984 (soccer).

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