Pasadena is one yard closer to hosting National Football League (NFL) games at the historic Rose Bowl. After more than five hours of debate, the Pasadena City Council agreed to amend necessary ordinances in order to begin negotiations with the NFL to bring professional football to the 90-year-old stadium for as many as five years.
Approximately 120 people packed Pasadena City Hall last night to attend the public hearing on the NFL prospect. Many residents are concerned about how the estimated 25,000 vehicles likely to swarm the area on game days will negatively impact the community. Leasing the Rose Bowl to the NFL could raise between $5 and $10 million for the venue per year, according to a consulting firm hired by the city.
The NFL would utilize the Pasadena stadium if plans to build a new professional football arena in downtown Los Angeles go forward. Would hosting NFL games be beneficial to Pasadena overall despite significant increases in traffic? What social and environmental concerns should the city take into consideration as it prepares to facilitate up to a dozen NFL games per year?
Terry Tornek, councilmember for District 7, City of Pasadena