A $400,000 environmental impact study was approved in a 6-to-1 vote by the Pasadena City Council on Monday night as the first step in potentially offering up the Rose Bowl as a temporary home for LA's non-existant NFL team.
The study -- examining land use, air quality, noise, and traffic impact -- will take about eight months to complete, and the city will split expenses with Rose Bowl Operating Committee. The committee still has approve a $200,000 transfer to the city's General Fund, however, notes the SVG Tribune.
Rose Bowl General Manager Darryl Dunn told KPCC he believes the cost is worth it and that the stadium can provide a comfortable interim home. "We’re in the middle of a renovation which will be completed substantially by September of 2013, which would be the soonest a team would be moving here," said Dunn.
Two LA arena proposals currently exist -- Ed Roski Jr. of Majestic Realty is proposing an NFL stadium in Industry and Anschutz Entertainment Group is proposing Farmer's Field in downtown.
Should either proposition be accepted, a temp facility may be necessary since neither party has begun construction.The Rose Bowl or the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum are likely choices, according to officials.
Pasadena has a law limiting major events at the Rose Bowl to 12 per year -- that restriction would need to be modified in order to lease a team. The potential miillions in revenue that a team could bring in would go, in part, to helping the city make up a financing gap in the $160 million Rose Bowl renovation.
The one dissenting voice in Monday night's vote felt the "speculative investment" was inappropriate given the non-status of a Los Angeles team.