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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.


NFL reaches tentative agreement with refs

Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

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Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

The NFL and the referees' union have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead.

The NFL said it planned to have regular refs work Thursday night's Cleveland-Baltimore game.

With Commissioner Roger Goodell at the table, the sides concluded two days of talks at midnight Thursday with the announcement of a tentative 8-year deal, which must be ratified by the union's 121 members.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted "Pleased to report that an agreement has been reached with the NFL Referees Association. Details to follow."

The replacements worked the first three weeks of games, triggering a wave of frustration that threatened to disrupt the rest of the season. After a missed call cost the Green Bay Packers a win on a chaotic final play at Seattle on Monday night, the two sides really got serious.


AEG would fund new freeway lane, better train station to ease NFL stadium congestion

AEG's 10,000-page Environmental Impact Report

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AEG's 10,000-page Environmental Impact Report

To ease the congestion created by football fans flocking to downtown Los Angeles, AEG says it would throw tens of millions of dollars at projects to upgrade freeways, city streets and public transportation stations.

AEG's 10,000-page Environmental Impact Report, released Thursday, notes that Farmers Field will have "unavoidable significant impacts" on the area, including the influx of an estimated 20,000 vehicles downtown on game days.

In an effort to avoid transportation bottlenecks, the group says it will pay $2.4 million to help fund an additional lane to the Hollywood Freeway, and $10 million for upgrades to a Metro Blue Line station located near the proposed stadium. 

The report also says the plan meets requirement of a carbon-neutral stadium


Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner


AEG debuts NFL-in-DTLA 10,000-page environmental report


In this rendering released by AEG, the proposed football stadium to house a NFL team in Los Angeles, California is seen. It was announced February 1, 2011 that AEG has sold the naming rights for the proposed stadium to Farmers Insurance Group for $650,000, calling the stadium "Farmers Field."

A 10,000-page report on the environmental impact of building a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles will be presented to City Hall Thursday morning. 

AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke will present the document -- 18 months and $27 million in the making-- to the city.  Next step, a 45-day period for public comments.

The Farmers Field report, AEG hopes, will lessen concerns about traffic and parking surrounding the proposed $1.4 billion NFL stadium.


Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner


NFL at Rose Bowl: Pasadena approves $400,000 impact study

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The 88-year-old Rose Bowl stadium.

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.