Stadium Improvements since 1922 and Projects Funded by the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation (since 2010)


Since its founding in 2010, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation has raised private funds in support of key capital improvement projects at the Rose Bowl Stadium, a National Historic Landmark.  The following is a list of capital improvements to the venue since it opened in 1922, as well as completed projects, or those in progress, that have been supported thanks to private philanthropic gifts from individual, foundation, and corporate donors to Legacy since 2010. 




  • The south end of the Bowl had been enclosed and seating was increased to 85,511.

  • A hospital room, accommodating up to 40 patients, was built under the grandstands on the south end.

  • Locker rooms were built on the South end to better accommodate larger rosters.


  • For the 1932 Olympic Games, a $10,000 cycle track was constructed at the bowl.


  • New powerful "brighter than daylight" lights are installed prior to the 1935 Rose Bowl Game at the Stadium.

  • Concession stands and upgraded bathrooms were installed.

  • Taller fencing was installed to prevent 'gate crashers'.

  • A 19-square-foot jail was built under the south end.

  • Flood waters from a major storm filled the bowl to the first four rows of seats (March 2, 1938).

  • The city planted 24 palm trees around the stadium.


  • The trademark neon "Rose Bowl" marquee sign with a rose logo was installed.

  • The fourth expansion for the stadium increased capacity to 100,983.


  • The Rose Bowl Stadium designed and built a working press box.


  • Wooden benches were replaced with aluminum seating. On the east and west sides, metal seats with backs were installed.


  • New lighting system made evening events possible at the stadium.

  • New metal seats with backs and folding seats were installed on the east and west sides.


  • Locker rooms at the south end were enlarged.

  • Capacity was increased to 104.594.

  • A banked running track was built around the field perimeter.


  • Rose bowl designated a Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Engineers.


  • City directors approve $4 million face lift for the Bowl, to include restrooms, seismic modifications, seat backs, electrical improvements, press box enlargements and more.

  • host of Soccer games for the 1984 Olympics.


  • Court of Champions is built.


  • Pasadena hosts its fifth and final Super Bowl and the 1994 Men’s World Cup.

  • Both locker rooms remodeled and expanded to 28,000 square feet.


  • Current locker rooms were constructed under the south grounds.


  • The pavilion was renovated to its current state and named for legendary UCLA Coach Terry Donahue.

  • Public Safety improvements with tunnel widening and field egress.

  • Entry Gate Upgrades.

  • Historic field hedges are restored.

  • New video board and LED boards are installed along the rim.

  • 1948 scoreboard face is re-established on the south side of the stadium.

  • Rose Plaza is installed honoring the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

  • Installation of a vegetative bio-swell and winner of the APWA 2014 Project of the year is installed.


  • As part of the Parkway Entrance project at the stadium, an appropriate entrance experience as visitors enter the campus of the historic Rose Bowl Stadium is created.