Pasadena City Council considers studying impacts of NFL team temporarily at Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
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The Pasadena City Council on Monday night will consider the first step toward offering the Rose Bowl as a temporary home to a National Football League team.

The first step is conducting an environmental impact study. That takes about eight months and costs $400,000. The Rose Bowl Operating Committee and the city would split the cost. Rose Bowl General Manager Darryl Dunn says it’s worth it. He believes his stadium can provide a comfortable interim home to an NFL team waiting for its long-term home to be built:

"We’re in the middle of a renovation which will be completed substantially by September of 2013, which would be the soonest a team would be moving here," Dunn says. "The stadium will have a $160 million put into it by then."

To lease to an NFL team, Pasadena would have to change a law that limits the number of major events at the Rose Bowl to 12 per year. Dunn says that’s happened before: during the 1994 World Cup and when the L.A. Galaxy crashed at the Rose Bowl for a few seasons.