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Environmental report finds traffic, parking concerns if NFL moves to Rose Bowl

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An environmental report finds that temporarily housing an NFL team in the Rose Bowl will lead to more traffic and parking concerns. The proposal, however, could generate millions for the stadium.

Temporarily hosting a professional football team in Pasadena’s Rose Bowl could be a financial win for that city, even though it will tie up traffic and could further damage the lawns surrounding the stadium, says an environmental report on the plan.

The Pasadena City Council will meet next week to review the report and vote on whether to allow an NFL team to play at the Rose Bowl while a construction crews build a permanent home. The Los Angeles City Council already signed off on plans to build the Farmers Field stadium in downtown L.A., but that deal is contingent on the NFL moving a team to the region. The Rose Bowl could become a temporary home for the NFL for as many as five seasons.

An environmental study found that 13 pro football games a season would significantly increase traffic. Parked cars could also damage the turf at the Brookside Golf Course. The environmental impact report recommends that grounds crews monitor and replace the turf within 24 hours of a game.

Temporarily hosting a pro team could generate millions of dollars for the city of Pasadena. An economic analysis by Barrett Sports Group found that the Rose Bowl could receive $5 million to $10 million a year, based on rent payments, along with parking and concession fees. The NFL would most likely pay game day expenses.

The Pasadena City Council is expected to vote on the project next Monday.

Read the complete report below:

Final Rose Bowl EIR

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