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Rose Bowl moves closer to $152-million renovation

October 9, 2010 |  8:00 am

The Rose Bowl stadium is one step closer to a makeover.

The Rose Bowl Operating Co., the agency that manages the Rose Bowl, unanimously endorsed a $152-million renovation plan for the stadium Thursday, smoothing the way for the final Pasadena City Council vote Monday.

If approved, the city-owned stadium would undergo a three-year renovation -– the largest investment in its 88-year history -– to be completed in time for the 100th Rose Bowl game and 2014 Bowl Championship Series game. As part of the agreement, UCLA and the Tournament of Roses will extend their lease agreements with the Rose Bowl until 2043.

The renovations would include widening tunnels and adding aisles for safety, replacing the southern scoreboard with a 1940s vintage replica and more luxury suites and premium seating.

The agency also approved a recommendation for the City Council to create a work program to ensure that at least 15% of the jobs coming from the Rose Bowl renovations go to local workers, said agency president and Pasadena Councilman Victor Gordo.

-- Shan Li

Photo: The Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Credit: Lori Shepler/Los Angeles Times