Rose Bowl Finally Opens Its Doors For Historic Sports & Architecture Tours
By Mariela Patron
For the first time in its 90-year history, the Rose Bowl Stadium opened its doors June 22 to history aficionados and football fans with new guided tours. A Rose Bowl history buff takes visitors on a walk-through of the stadium's treasures, like its original 1922 locker room and its newest renovations. LAist, of course, hopped on the opportunity.
Home to the UCLA football team, five Super Bowls, two World Cups and two Olympics, the Rose Bowl gives fans the opportunity to become part of pre- and post-game experiences as they hang out in locker rooms and walk the same tunnels players run through before facing a cheering crowd on the field. Throughout the 1.5-hour tour visitors enjoy different views of the field from the coveted box seats and the media room fit for 152 reporters. In the post-game interview room, participants can pretend to be an ESPN reporter or a winning champion.
From beginning to end, visitors learn about historic sporting events, like the 1973 USC and Ohio State game that attracted 106,869 people—the largest crowd in bowl game history. For those more interested in architecture, the tour also covers the series of transformations Rose Bowl Stadium has undergone to become the landmark known today.
Walk-up tours cost $17.50 for adults, $14.50 for children and $9 for students. Group tours are offered for 20 or more at $12 per person. Tours run at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. On game days, tours are not available. Tour guides are also available for the deaf.