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The Rose Bowl

With Susan Carlisle

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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.

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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
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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.

Walt Mussell - May 16, 2014 - 5:59 am

Looks like you had great seats for the game. Just wish you’d seen a victory.

Piper - May 16, 2014 - 7:18 am

I also heard that that have a great flea market there too. Even though I lived there and I’m a UCLA alumn (it’s their home stadium), I’ve never been myself. I’m going to fix that on my next visit out there!

sandra Elzie - May 16, 2014 - 7:47 am

I’ve really been enjoying this trip to So. Calif….and all the wonderful pictures. Glad you had such a great time and thanks for sharing.

Susan Carlisle - May 16, 2014 - 9:01 am

Walt,
I don’t think there is a bad seat in the house. I will say that it is much smaller than Auburn’s.

Susan Carlisle - May 16, 2014 - 9:08 am

Piper,
I was amazed at all the things that they use the Rose Bowl area for. The fact that there is a golf course next door and they park cars on it during balls games was a real shock. I bet Tiger Woods doesn’t play that course.

Susan Carlisle - May 16, 2014 - 9:09 am

Sandy,
As a lady from California I bet I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know.

Maxine Davis - May 16, 2014 - 10:02 am

Susan, I really want to travel with you :) You see some wonderful things. I’m enjoying seeing Southern California “with” you.

Sia Huff - May 16, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Great pictures, Susan. It does sound like a lovely neighborhood, but I prefer the quiet on the weekends.

Marilyn Baron - May 16, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Very interesting post. I didn’t know anything about Pasadena or the stadium .

Pam Asberry - May 16, 2014 - 7:42 pm

I’m playing catch-up on everybody’s posts from the last couple of weeks. I’m enjoying seeing California through your eyes!

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