If the NFL returns to Los Angeles before a new stadium is built, the team’s home games would have to be played elsewhere. (Obviously.)
The folks in Pasadena are planning for the possibility that “elsewhere” will be the Rose Bowl.
According to Adolfo Flores of the Los Angeles Times, the city has released a new report regarding the environmental impact of adding NFL games to the venue that currently hosts UCLA games. The report envisions an increase in noise, traffic, and air pollution. (I could have told them that for a lot less than whatever they paid.)
On the other side of the coin? More coin.
“It’s just informational. It’s up to the City Council to decide whether to allow more events at the Rose Bowl,” Vince Bertoni, director of the Pasadena Planning Department, told Flores. “It’s not there to make a recommendation whether it’s a good or bad idea.”
Currently ordinances limit the Rose Bowl to no more than 12 events per year that generate 20,000 or more attendees. Pasadena City Council would have to revise that specific law.