Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog celebrates America’s favorite stadium!
It hosted last night’s incredible Rose Bowl Game between USC and Penn State.
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA has served as the venue for many of America’s top sports events over the past century.
Last night’s epic 52 – 49 USC victory ranks as one of the best sporting events in the heralded history of California’s iconic landmark.
However, the Rose Bowl Stadium is more than just a football stadium.
Sports Illustrated Ranked it #1
Because of the Rose Bowl’s rich and diverse history, Sports Illustrated ranked it number one in its 2007 poll of best college stadiums.
It’s no surprise that many others in sports media have attributed the enviable moniker “America’s Most Famous Stadium” to California’s Rose Bowl. Sorry, Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft!
Constructed in 1922 for only $272,198, the original horse shoe shaped stadium was designed by Myron Hunt to mirror the Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT. It officially became known as the Rose Bowl in 1923.
Now owned by the City of Pasadena, the Rose Bowl has earned its status as a National Historic Landmark.
This venerable venue has successfully transformed over the years. Its first collegiate game featured Cal defeating USC on October 8, 1922.
An evolutionary stadium, it has since played host for many of our nation’s most publicized athletic events.
The stadium’s capacity has mushroomed from its original 57,000 seats and now accommodates seats for up to 92,542 fans.
1980 Super Bowl XIV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and original Los Angeles Rams saw the stadium break a single game attendance record.
In one of the NFL’s greatest title games ever, the storied stadium swelled to 103,985 spectators.
The stadium’s greatest attendance record was set way back in 1973 when 106,869 spectators watched USC defeat Ohio State University in that year’s Rose Bowl Game.
Besides hosting five Super Bowls on its pristine natural grass surface, the Rose Bowl has served as home for the UCLA Bruins since 1982.
More than a sports stadium, the Rose Bowl welcomes visitors to one of our nation’s top outdoor flea markets during the second Sunday of every month.
The Rose Bowl’s iconic status has been solidified over the years. The 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games boasted activities at this beloved stadium.
The 1994 Men’s World Cup, the Women’s World Cup in 1999, various CONCACAF Cups and other major international soccer exhibition games have all been held here.
One sports event catapults the Rose Bowl above and beyond its peers. Each year, it plays host to the “Granddaddy of Them All,” when its field opens to the final and most prestigious college football bowl of the season – The Rose Bowl Game.
Except for a brief hiatus during World War II, this is where the Rose Bowl has pitted BIG 10 and PAC 12 championships teams.
In addition, four Bowl Championship Series Title Games (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014) kicked off in the Rose Bowl and the site figures prominently in the newly organized College Football Playoffs.
Rose Bowl Has Undergone Extensive Renovation
Over the past few years, the Rose Bowl has undergone an extensive $180 million renovation. With wider hallways, expanded tunnels, 10 new giant LED panels, 10 new electronic game clocks, 54 luxury suites, 48 luxury boxes, 1,200 club seats and a totally modernized broadcast booth, the famous stadium is poised to continue its long tradition of hosting the top sporting events in America.
Plus, with its stunning location overlooking the San Gabriel Mountains, it’s no surprise that the Rose Bowl ranks as America’s favorite stadium.
And, that’s my 2 cents.
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