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PROJECT TITLE: Rose Bowl Stadium Renovation Project

PROJECT ADDRESS:  1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, California

Case Manager: Erin Clark or John Steinmeyer


Final Supplemental EIR

Rose Bowl Map - Click to EnlargePROJECT DESCRIPTION: 

Renovations of the existing Rose Bowl stadium are proposed to allow use by the UCLA Bruins football team, Rose Bowl Game, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games, and soccer matches, as well as to bring the building systems up to current Code requirements.


The replacement of all seating in the Rose Bowl is a project priority. Seating capacity would remain sufficient, however, to accommodate all existing events (temporary seating for the Rose Bowl game and the UCLA versus USC game would still be provided as it is today). Upon completion of the project, seating in the Rose Bowl would include general seating, club seating, and luxury suite seating. Different levels of amenities would be provided for each type of seating.


As previously included in the FEIR, a Hall of Fame museum, which would include a stadium store, is proposed either at the south end of the stadium, within the new west sideline structure, or on the east side along with perimeter structures. The museum and team store would consist of 9,000 sf of museum space, 2,000 sf of retail store, and 2,000 sf for a coffee/snack area, and would be open Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. through 6:00 P.M. and during special events. The project boundary includes generally the area inside the existing perimeter fence line, with limited minor extension outside the fence line.


With implementation of the revised project, the maximum number of displacement events (attendance exceeding 20,000) would remain unchanged, consistent with the provisions of Chapter 3.32 of the Pasadena Municipal Code pertaining to Arroyo Seco Public Lands. The playing field area would continue to accommodate football and international soccer. Approximately seven events would be for UCLA football games and up to two post-season collegiate games, including the Rose Bowl Game and an occasional BCS Championship Game. The Rose Bowl could also continue to host other displacement events such as soccer matches, concerts, and revivals, with the total number of annual displacement events not exceeding twelve as allowed under current Code.


Demolition Activities


The proposed revised project would include demolition of existing ancillary structures around the base of the stadium and the perimeter structures at the fence line, along with removal of asphalt surfacing and landscaping. Removal, retention, and reconstruction of the stone terraces and planting material adjacent to the stadium would also occur as required by project design. A new structure containing the stadium’s club and associated support facilities would be constructed outside, but connected to, the existing seating bowl along the west side of the stadium structure. The existing suites and press box structure located along the western rim of the stadium would be removed and replaced with a new three-level structure that includes one club level and two levels of suites and press facilities on the west side of the stadium only. A lighted animated ribbon sign would be attached on the interior-facing façade of each level of the press box. In total, approximately 340,000 square feet (sf) of existing structures and paved areas would be demolished. It should be noted that this structure would be within the development envelope (i.e. length, width, and height) analyzed in the previous EIR. In addition, no lighting intensities greater than those previously analyzed would be included in the revised project.


Renovation Activities


New restroom and concession buildings (and possibly a structure housing the proposed Hall of Fame museum and stadium store) would be constructed against the fence line between the entry gates. Improvements to the entry plaza with new paving and landscaping would formalize the south end of the stadium as the main entrance, and the neon “Rose Bowl” sign would be preserved. The roadway at the south end of the stadium would be improved as a roundabout to serve the main entrance. Much of the area adjacent to the Rose Bowl would be enhanced with pedestrian amenities, allowing access around the entire stadium via a concentric pedestrian path beyond the security fence that would mimic the elliptical seating bowl. Plazas and entries would be landscaped with trees and planting matching those that are on site. The proposed project would include improvements to spectator facilities, circulation elements, press box/media facilities, administrative facilities, team facilities, playing field, lighting systems, stadium services, and stadium systems. All existing ancillary buildings immediately outside the bowl containing restrooms and concessions would be demolished. Again, it should be noted that all proposed improvements are substantially similar to or at a less intense level than those analyzed in the previous FEIR, including improvements to field lighting.


While some seats would be removed to accommodate the proposed renovations, club seating would be increased and would offset seat removal, with the result that the revised project’s seating capacity would remain relatively unchanged.


Emergency exiting from the stadium would be improved by one of the three following options:”


Option A: Construction of a New Concourse at the Horizon Level


This option would involve the installation of additional exit aisles inside the stadium located midway between existing aisles. These aisles would lead patrons up to a new horizon level concourse constructed at the rim of the existing stadium that would be connected to the plaza level concourse by vertical circulation towers at four locations, one on each side of the new press box structure and two on the east side of the stadium. This option would require the removal of approximately 2,800 seats.


Option B: Tunnel Widening and Internal Concourse


Under this option, up to twenty-eight existing access tunnels would be doubled in width to provide additional exiting capacity (the tunnels currently accommodate only 54 percent of the appropriate capacity per existing Code requirements). Additional exit aisles inside the stadium located midway between existing aisles would be installed to improve access to the vomitoria. The renovation would require appropriate shoring of the tunnels to allow for expansion, excavation, and reconstruction and resurfacing of the tunnel walls, along with the installation of additional exit aisles as noted above inside the stadium. This option would require removal of approximately 4,300 stadium seats.


Option C: Horizon-Level Concourse, Tunnel Widening, and Internal Concourse


This option represents a hybrid of Options A and B: the horizon-level concourse would be constructed, but some or all of the existing twenty-eight tunnels may also be widened to provide even greater exiting capacity. This option would require the equivalent level of excavation, landscape and stone berm removal as identified for options A and B above. Up to 4,300 seats could be removed under this option if all twenty-eight tunnels were to be widened.


Documents Available for Review


Final Supplemental EIR


Last Updated 06/12/2012