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Rose Bowl: Construction won't affect Oregon-Wisconsin game

December 30, 2011 |  8:53 am

Rose Bowl

Ongoing stadium renovations won’t affect the 90,000-plus fans expected to attend the 2012 Rose Bowl game between the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers, Rose Bowl officials said this week.

The stadium is undergoing a renovation that includes adding luxury seats and a new press box to the 89-year-old facility. Construction on a new video board on the north side of the stadium is complete, and four tunnels on the south of the stadium have doubled in width.

“Fans attending the game will recognize the stadium is undergoing a renovation, but the impacts are mitigated and we expect a great event,” said Darryl Dunn, Rose Bowl Operating Co. chief executive.

Officials also said the 123rd Tournament of Roses parade will not be deterred by the windstorm that blew through the city or by Occupy the Rose Parade protesters.

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 powerful winds, reaching speeds of  80 mph, toppled trees and left behind debris that Pasadena crews have been clearing for weeks.

“I can assure you our crews have been working around the clock,” said City Manager Michael Beck. “Pasadena will shine as it always does.”

Police Chief Philip Sanchez said the department would police the Jan. 2 event with the help of local, state and federal agencies as they have in previous years.

“This is a historic and iconic event and the job of the Pasadena Police Department is to ensure public safety,” Sanchez told the Pasadena Sun.

-- Adolfo Flores, Times Community News

Photo: Renovation work at the Rose Bowl, shown here in an October photo, is not expected to affect fans at Monday's Oregon-Wisconsin game. Credit: Raul Roa / Pasadena Sun