Fans are asked to arrive at Rose Bowl early for BCS title game
The Bowl Championship Series title game between Alabama and Texas is Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Rose Bowl, and if you are visiting from one of those states, be aware that parking at the Rose Bowl is often a nightmare.
Here are a few tips issued in a news release from the Pasadena Police Department:
ARRIVE EARLY. The Rose Bowl is one of the greatest settings in America for a
college football game, and fans are encouraged to arrive no later than noon to enjoy
picnicking with friends. In addition, the Rose Bowl Stadium and ESPN are hosting
ESPN’s National Championship Tailgate Party beginning at 9 am. The Goo Goo
Dolls and Switchfoot will be performing in the early afternoon. Plenty of food,
refreshments, interactive elements and souvenirs will be available in the area. Tickets for this activity are $25 per person. Parking lots will be open at 6 am. Cost is $40 for cars, $200 for RVs, $280 for limousines and $350 for buses.
PURCHASE ADVANCE PARKING. VIP is available for $80 per car. Advance VIP
parking sales are located at the Rose Bowl, adjacent to Gate B, Public Safety Building; walk-up, cash only, limited availability, sales from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
A FREE ROSE BOWL SHUTTLE, from the Parsons Corp. in Old Pasadena, will
begin operating at 9:00 am. Plenty of paid parking is available in Old Pasadena. The
Parsons shuttle is fully equipped to handle ADA passengers, and the drop-off is
immediately adjacent to the stadium. Gold Line riders can exit at Memorial Park
station and walk two short blocks west to Parsons. Those driving from the east can exit the 210 freeway at Madre Street, park in the Gold Line parking structure just north of the freeway, and take the westbound train to Memorial Park station.
CAR POOL! Every car not in the Arroyo provides relief for everyone. Those without game tickets will not be allowed access to the Rose Bowl area.
For more information, visit www.tournamentofroses.com or www.rosebowlstadium.com.
-- Houston Mitchell