To begin with, getting tickets to the Rose Bowl Game is nearly impossible. The game is a “contractual sellout,” meaning the majority of tickets going to the two participating universities for their fans. Other tickets are reserved for Pasadena City Council members to distribute to their constituents and certain (not all) members of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. Still, if this is something on your bucket list, it’s worth a try!
The Rose Bowl Game, known as “The Granddaddy of Them All” for its veneration as the first post-season football game, is usually a match-up between the champions of the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions in a New Year’s tradition that goes back to 1902. If one of the teams is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation, however, it is sent to the BCS national championship game, and the Rose Bowl Game selects a replacement team.
The 2013 game will be played on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Kickoff is a 1:30 p.m., but traffic will be jammed, so allow plenty of time to park at the Bowl or in the Parsons lot and catch a shuttle. Tickets cost between $150 and $185 each, plus fees.
Why is it so hard to get tickets?
The Rose Bowl has a seating capacity of 87,400 for the Rose Bowl Game, but most of the tickets are given to the schools that are playing in the Rose Bowl and some are set aside for Pasadena residents. Only a limited number of tickets is available to the public.
Tickets go on sale in early December and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or via phone by calling (213) 365-3675. There will be a maximum of two tickets per call and a maximum of four tickets per person. Everyone who attends—even infants—must purchase a ticket. There are no child lap passes.
A limited number of tickets are set aside for Pasadena residents
The Tournament of Roses offers Pasadena residents and opportunity to purchase tickets one day only, Saturday, Dec. 1. They are sold at the Pasadena Center box office, 300 E. Green Street. Pasadena residents ages 18 and older must show a picture ID with a valid Pasadena address. This is the only acceptable proof of residency.
Residents may each purchase no more than two tickets. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express will be accepted, but checks will not. The time slot for lining up for tickets is very narrow:
- 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Line-up will be allowed. No line-ups will be allowed prior to 7 a.m.
- 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Random numbered armbands will be distributed to all in attendance.
- 9 a.m. Armbands will no longer be issued and random starting number will be called.
- 9 a.m. Line-up for purchase may begin.
- 10 a.m. Residents may purchase up to two (2) tickets each.
For additional information contact Pasadena Center Box Office at (626) 793-2122.
Team fans can purchase ticket reservations
Fans of specific teams can guarantee face value tickets to the Rose Bowl Game by purchasing a reservation on the Team Specific Ticket Reservation page. After choosing the team, fans may purchase up to four reservations. Prices vary by team, and are for the reservation only, not the ticket, but a reservation does guarantee that if your team makes it into the game, you will be able to purchase a ticket. Reservation prices vary according to the team chosen.
What if I can’t get tickets?
Watching the game from the comfort of your living room or at a game-day party is a great option. Soft couches, comfortable temperatures, no “stuff” to weigh you down. Plus, you can listen to all the insightful commentary and enjoy the scribblings of the announcers.
In addition, visitors and residents can enjoy tailgating without tickets. There’s no charge for admission or parking at the public tailgate in Lot H of the Rose Bowl Stadium. There are interactive displays, entertainment, and food and beverages available for purchase. Activities begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. For more information, contact Rose Bowl Stadium, (626) 577-3100.
For information about all the Tournament of Roses events, read “Tournament of Roses 101: 2013 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game information” in this column.
The theme of the 124th Rose Parade and 99th Rose Bowl Game is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, with the high points being the Rose Parade presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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