The Rose Bowl is an iconic football stadium in Pasadena, California. The stadium was built in 1922 and has since become a national historic landmark. This place serves as the home for the annual Rose Bowl Game. In addition to serving as the home stadium for UCLA football, it has also hosted numerous concerts, five Super Bowl games, and even some Olympic events. In this post, you will learn some Rose Bowl Stadium tips to help you have a good time during your visit.

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My first visit to the Rose Bowl was a few years ago when my parents and I went to a UCLA football game. One very important thing we learned was to avoid parking at the stadium in the future. For the game, we parked on the nearby golf course and had a hard time finding our car after the game. It took quite a while to get out once we found our car as well. On my most recent trip to the Rose Bowl, I parked on an offsite lot and took a shuttle to the game. It was around $12 which is a better price than the on-site parking lot. Plus, it is easier to leave at the end of the game. The parking lot is in the Parsons structure off of Fair Oaks Avenue.

We had such a fun time at the game. I loved walking around to see the booths that had been set up. We all received a small blue hand towel with the number of a player who had recently died. I also picked up a free poster and a few other goodies. The food at the stadium was surprisingly good. Of course, I loved the souvenir UCLA cup!

Be sure to check out the Court of Champions which you can see in the background of the picture above. It lists every Rose Bowl champion. This is by far the most special football venue that I have been to. Yes, part of that has to do with my love for UCLA and the state of California. However, since 1922 this venue has hosted some incredible athletes, musicians, and moments.

Our seats were in the end zone which I really liked. I was very pleased with the view from our seats. It was a 7:30 pm game which meant we got to enjoy the sunset. I was happy that we arrived well before game time so that we could explore the Rose Bowl without needing to rush. If you go to an evening event here I encourage you to bring a jacket. My Mom and I had sweatshirts on and long pants but still needed some hot chocolate. California cools down quite a bit at night.

In the future, I would love to take a tour of the Rose Bowl. The tours are offered at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm on the last Friday of every month. The cost for an adult is $17.50 and $14.50 for a senior or child.

If you plan on visiting the Rose Bowl for any type of event please be sure to take a look at their bag policy. Knowing what you can and cannot bring is helpful to know upfront.

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On the second Sunday of every month, you can attend the Rose Bowl Flea market which is a really fun experience.

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Have you heard of the famous Rose Parade? It is an incredibly stunning parade that takes place prior to the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. The parade is held in Pasadena and always involves the two teams who will be playing in the bowl game.

Did you know that the Rose Bowl has also been used in film and television? You can see the Rose Bowl in The Rose Bowl Story with Natalie Wood and in Beverly Hills, 90120.


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Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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