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Rose Bowl renovation ‘tops out’

The Rose Bowl Operating Company held its official ‘topping out’ ceremony for the final piece of structural steel in the iconic stadium’s renovation. The last piece of steel was painted white and signed by the project's 270 construction workers. A 300-ton crane then hoisted the steel 103ft high to the top of the Pavilion structure.

“Today marks a milestone event in the renovation of this project,” said Victor Gordo, president of the board of directors of the Rose Bowl Operating Company. “These improvements will bring an additional estimated economic benefit of over US$6 million to Pasadena and will ensure this historic venue is host to the Rose Bowl games and other major sports and entertainment events for many years to come.”

Construction crews have worked more than 60,000 hours on the project. Several items were placed on the steel during the ceremony: a tree for growth and luck; a broom for a perfect safety record; an American flag in support of ironworkers; and roses for passion and love of the game.

The improvements to the historic venue include a new video board, restored vintage 1940s scoreboard, improved exiting through widened tunnels and a premium-seating Pavilion.

“We absolutely had to make these improvements and I can’t emphasise enough the importance of premium seating in this renovation,” said Bill Bogaard, mayor of Pasadena. “We, as a city and a council, are 100% behind doing this project the right way. With rare exception, 90-year-old stadia are torn down and not renovated. These enhancements guarantee the Rose Bowl will stand tall for generations to come.”
Officials with the Rose Bowl also clarified the timeline for completion.

“Major enhancements to the fan experience, as well as the premium seating, in the new Pavilion will be completed before the 100th Rose Bowl Game on 1 January 2014,” said Darryl Dunn, general manager of the Rose Bowl. “Discussions earlier this month about additional construction costs caused some confusion. We made a commitment to have these improvements substantially concluded in time for UCLA’s 2013 season and definitely accomplished for the Tournament of Roses celebration and the 2014 BCS Championship Game. We will absolutely meet that deadline.”

Dunn reported to the Pasadena City Council earlier in June that the overall cost of the project had increased by an estimated US$35 million to fund Phase Three of construction. The increase is primarily attributed to elevated material costs, higher-than-expected estimates for technology and electrical systems, and unpredictable structural damage to the original steel. Phase Three also includes additional concession stands, gate entry structures and restroom facilities. Dunn and other city officials are examining all options to fund Phase Three and plan to brief the Council with options by mid-July.

The addition of premium seating in the Pavilion, formerly called the Press Box, consists of three levels of suites, loge boxes and Club seats, and it will more closely resemble the first-class seat options at new stadia and venues that have opened across the country. Amenities include private entrances, preferred parking, and access to Club areas. In addition, guests will relax in cushioned seats with extra legroom, flat screen televisions and chef-prepared dining. They will also enjoy extraordinary sight lines for football and other entertainment events at the time-honored and historic venue.


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