Pasadena City Council approves Rose Bowl renovation plan

The Pasadena City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a renovation plan to the Rose Bowl.

Work on the three-phase, $152 million plan is scheduled to begin in January and continue until August 2013. Other than renovations to the press box, most of the work will be done between football seasons, according to Pasadena City Councilman Victor Gordo, the president of the Rose Bowl Operating Co. Board of Directors.

The project includes increasing the number of concession stands and restrooms, improving the tunnels and concourse, a new scoreboard and video board and a museum.

"You'll see a total renovation of the luxury boxes," Gordo told CBS2. "You'll see all the public safety improvements that need to be made."

Primary funding for the project will come from bonds issued by Pasadena.

The project's financing plan includes 30-year lease extensions by the Tournament of Roses Association to continue playing the Rose Bowl Game at the stadium and UCLA to continue playing its football games at the stadium.

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