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The Pasadena City Council chose stagnation over progress, and voted 4-2 to help make the Rose Bowl less relevant. In other words, the Rose Bowl has rejected the NFL's potential offer to give Pasadena more than $500 million for renovations.What kind of City Council says "no" to $500 million to fix up a facility that loses $2 million a year? The Rose Bowl is a gorgeous stadium, a true historical landmark, but it's also in need of a facelift. Hosting 5-6 UCLA football games a year, plus a Bowl game with a future that's tied to the questionable BCS, won't keep the Rose Bowl sustainable much longer.

Opponents feared that the renovation would compromise the historical architecture of the Rose Bowl. But we've pointed out before that the plan is to have the process be more like Lambeau Field than Soldier Field. Opponents also feared traffic, noise, etc. While LAist feels the traffic and parking plan for the Rose Bowl renovation was questionable, we also feel like it was workable.

But LAist supposes that the residents of Pasadena generally got what they wanted. Pasadena just wants to be a sleepy little town. And so a facility hosting game called "the grandaddy of them all" will be napping like an old man in its forseeable future.