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July 6, 2022

The budget award was championed by Assembly member Chris Holden  on behalf of the National Historic Landmark in Pasadena.

PASADENA, Calif. (July 6, 2022) The Rose Bowl Stadium will receive an important $3 million award from the State of California as part of the passage of the California Legislature’s AB 178.  Funds from the award will support important capital infrastructure improvements with the main gas and water lines at the National Historic Landmark, with an emphasis on public safety and emergency preparedness. The Rose Bowl is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2022. The legislation, known as a budget trailer bill, supplements the 2021-22 State Budget agreement announced earlier in June.  

In working with the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, the venue’s non-profit organization, and Rose Bowl Stadium staff, the budget award was championed in Sacramento by Assemblymember Chris Holden who represents District 41. 

“Thank you to Assemblymember Holden for his continued belief in the Rose Bowl’s future by supporting this effort in Sacramento,” said Victor Gordo, Mayor of Pasadena and former RBOC Chair.  “And congratulations to the Rose Bowl Stadium, the RBOC Board, the Legacy Foundation, and to the staff for continuing to find ways to find new opportunities to protect the future of this treasured place.”

The Rose Bowl Stadium’s traditional events were impacted heavily by the pandemic, but the storied venue showed its community presence and versatility by acting as a center for emergency preparedness in hosting FEMA and COVID-19 testing centers for citizens and first responders. The Legacy Foundation also led the funding of over 75,000 meals for families of Pasadena Unified School District during the height of the impact. Since re-opening, the Rose Bowl has showcased its resourcefulness with several popular music festivals and welcoming back the exciting traditions of the Rose Bowl Game® and UCLA Football.

“I am glad to announce that my colleagues in the Legislature and the Governor supported my efforts in securing $3 million for the Rose Bowl Stadium. These funds are for the necessary renovation of a community landmark and asset. My hope is for the Rose Bowl to continue to be the premiere place for people from all over the world to attend major events," said Assemblymember Chris Holden.

The Legacy Foundation was founded in 2010 to preserve, protect, and enhance the future of the Rose Bowl as a National Historic Landmark. The organization, through the help of its volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board, has raised over $50 million in private funds from thousands of supporters around the nation since its founding. The Foundation is approaching the completion of a multi-year $40 million private fundraising effort which began in 2017 in celebration of the Stadium’s centennial birthday year. 

"The Rose Bowl Stadium is the most resilient sports and entertainment venue in America and has meant so much to multiple generations of Californians for the past century,” said Mickey Segal, President of the Legacy's Board of Directors and Dedan Brozino, Foundation Chief Development Officer in a joint statement. “America’s Stadium continues to be an impactful driver of economic impact and tourism to the City, County and region and funds like this are critical to maintaining a safe and exciting venue for visitors from around the world.” 

The Rose Bowl Stadium opened its doors to the world in 1922 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. It has been a critical source of community, Californian and American pride, and entertainment for over 100 million guests during the past century.