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Just as Pasadena was arguing its environmental impact report for a renovated Rose Bowl, Anaheim's football stadium proposal suddenly got contentious. LAist thinks the Rose Bowl renovation plan is a good one for the city of Pasadena. It's important to remember Pasadena is not debating building a football stadium. The Rose Bowl is there and not going anywhere. The question is how to ensure the economic viability of a facility that loses $2 million a year.

While there are still a few questions to be answered about the Rose Bowl plan, mainly in terms of parking and traffic, the renovation process of the physical structure will be more like Lambeau Field than Soldier Field. In other words, the Rose Bowl would be modernized without losing its charm, and would not resemble a spaceship.

As for Anaheim, LAist thinks it makes sense to build sports facilities where they already exist. A "platinum triangle" with a Pond, Angel Stadium, and football stadium neatly puts all the city's sports centers in one place. It's an economically viable plan, but is Anaheim really going to roll over and let the team bear a "Los Angeles" name? How would that affect their lawsuit against the Angels? How would that jive with the "Truth in Sports Advertising Act"?

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While LAist believes the absolute best place for a football stadium in LA is right next to Dodger Stadium, we're still supportive of the Coliseum plan. It's the only plan within LA city limits, meaning we could reap its tax revenues, and feel the economic boon of any Super Bowls played there. The Colisuem's EIR was completed long ago. And that's another facility which could use a modernization, otherwise it will completely waste away in Exposition Park.

An NFL team in the Coliseum would complete this downtown sports corridor extending from Dodger Stadium to STAPLES Center to the Coliseum that Richard Riordan once dreamed of nearly a decade ago. The first two facilities are immensely successful, as Dodger Stadium continues to draw 3 million fans a year, and STAPLES Center has been instrumental in downtown's revitalization. Now it's time to complete the triumvirate, and put the NFL back in the stadium that hosted its first Super Bowl, by renovating the Coliseum.