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Rose Bowl Stadium

The Rose Bowl, famous for its sight line-enhancing elliptical shape, is located in the city of Pasadena, about 13 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, California. With the San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop, it was built on two 18-hole golf courses at an elevation of 830 feet above sea level. The national historic landmark is the home of concerts, religious services, UCLA football, and the world's largest flea market. Designed by architect Myron Hunt in 1921, the stadium has been the home football ground for the UCLA Bruin football team since 1982. The stadium was formally dedicated on January 1, 1923, when Penn State played the University of Southern California. Harlan W. Hall, a police reporter, gave the stadium the nickname "Rose Bowl.” He had the Yale Bowl (New Haven, Connecticut, built in 1914) in mind when thinking about how an expanded structure would look. The arena measures 695 feet from the east to west rims and 880 feet from north to south. The current seating capacity is more than 90,000. The stadium is equipped with luxury suites, text telephones, ATMs, and television monitors, and can accommodate film shoots of all sizes. Barrier-free seating and FM assistive-listening receivers (at no charge) are available. The Rose Bowl is known mainly for the New Year's Tournament of Roses Game — the “Granddaddy” of all college football postseason bowl games. It has hosted the 1984 Olympic soccer matches, the 1994 Men's FIFA* World Cup, the 1999 Women's FIFA World Cup, and the 2002 BCS National College Football Championship game. It also has been the home of Fourth of July celebrations since 1927. The stadium is administrated by the Rose Bowl Operating Company, a nonprofit, public benefit corporation founded in 1995 by an act of the Pasadena City Council.

*Fédération Internationale de Football Association.