With Susan Carlisle
The Rose Bowl Stadium is located about a thirty minute walk from the central part of Old Pasadena. It is a nice stroll through a beautiful and well-established residential area. I had a chance to view homes with courtyards and trickling ponds as we went by. Along our path we passed the Gamble House of Proctor and Gamble fame. It was built by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The stadium is steeped in history. It has hosted numerous sporting events including the 1932 and 1984 Olympic. The stadium is registered as a National Historic Landmark. Years ago, ten thousand seats were removed and the playing field lowered to accommodate soccer requirements. It became the venue for the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final and the 1999 FIFA Woman’s World Cup Final. The stadium has also hosted music concerts. The band U2 drew 97,000 fans, filling the Rose Bowl.
Also connected to the stadium is a public park, golf course, and aquatic center. They make for a wonderful neighborhood feel. I did wonder how the residents felt about over 90,000 people invading them on a regular basis. Since the stadium has been there since
1932 they must have known what to expect when they moved there – no quiet weekends.
I’ll be back next week to tell you about my visit to Universal Studios-Hollywood.