PASADENA (CNS) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for a $152 million Rose Bowl renovation project that will include wider tunnels, concourse improvements and new scoreboards and video boards.
The project also includes adding restrooms and concession stands, a museum and upgrading the press box. The new video board will be more than double the size of the existing one. The south scoreboard will be reconstructed.
“The enhancements commencing today will help keep the Rose Bowl Game the premier bowl game annually for our participants, spectators and broadcast audience throughout the world,’ Tournament of Roses President Rick Jackson said. “Along with our partners and support of our member conferences, we look forward with great anticipation to the completion of this project and the historic facility we are fortunate to call home.’
Work on the three-phase plan is scheduled to continue until August 2013. Other than renovations to the press box, most of the work will be done between football seasons.
Stadium officials said the renovations will make it easier for fans to move around the stadium, thanks to improved tunnels in and out of the seating area and a larger concourse.
The stadium’s overall seating capacity is expected to drop by about 2,000 to 3,000 seats.
The project was unanimously approved by the Pasadena City Council Oct. 11. Primary funding for the project will come from bonds issued by Pasadena. The project’s financing plan includes 30-year lease extensions by the Tournament of Roses Association to continue playing the Rose Bowl at the stadium and for UCLA to continue playing its football games at the stadium.
“Pasadena has committed to this project to ensure the Rose Bowl continues to be America’s Stadium, a world-class venue and an icon of the nation’s college football tradition,’ Mayor Bill Bogaard said. A private group, Legacy Connections, plans to hold a campaign to raise funds for some elements of the project.
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