Posts Tagged ‘Rose Bowl’

Big Ten Championship Game Packages Available

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The Big Ten Championship Game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 8 PM ET on Saturday, December 7, 2013 with the winners of the Legends Division and Leaders Division facing off for the conference title and a spot in the Rose Bowl.

Sports Power Weekends is giving fans the opportunity to see this pivotal game live, with game tickets and two night hotel stays at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis Downtown. The hotel is connected by indoor walkways to other downtown hotels and restaurants, and most importantly the Indianapolis Convention Center, which is just across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. You won’t need to rent a car, worry about parking or traffic, and you’ll have your tickets in hand and hotel reservation made for you!

The Trip

  • Game tickets to the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
  • A two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Indianapolis
  • Admission to the Big Ten Fan Fest held at the Indiana Convention Center next to Lucas Oil Stadium starting at 10 AM on gameday
  • No transportation is needed. The stadium is walking distance (in indoor walkways) to the stadium
  • Sports Power Weekends gear and discount code for 20% off purchases at the MGoBlog Store
  • All taxes and fees

Two-night trips are now available for fans starting as low as $365 per person (for a group of four). One night options are also available upon request.

Click on “Buy Now” below to purchase!

Single ($815 per person) Double ($515 per person) Triple ($415 per person) Quad ($365 per person)



A $35 deposit will lock in your spot and price until the Championship Game participants are set. The deposit will be non-refundable, but gives you the opportunity and flexibility to wait until Michigan’s status is determined before paying the full amount. If Michigan does not qualify, you will have the option of still purchasing the whole package. If Michigan does qualify, your deposit will go towards the total cost of the package, which you will be required to fully purchase.

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For additional information or to reserve your spot over the phone, please contact Jared Cooper at or (646) 397-5350.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

Pasadena Pilgrimage: The Rose Bowl

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

As I have mentioned before (here), I have a strong fondness for the Rose Bowl, both as a game and as a stadium. It could be the tradition and pageantry, the overall southern California New Year’s experience, the perfect weather and the beautiful game setting, or the fact that Michigan often finds itself participating (averaging one appearance every five years since the start of the game; 2012, here we come!). Whatever the case may be, the Rose Bowl provides one of the best overall gameday experiences that you will find anywhere in football, college or pro. Add in the fact that Pasadena is such a nice, quaint town that is only 30 minutes or so northeast of Los Angeles, and it seems that a pilgrimage to Pasadena is in order.

The Stadium

The Rose Bowl Stadium is a National Historic Landmark that was built in 1922. In addition to hosting the Rose Bowl Game annually since 1923 and the UCLA Bruins football team since 1982, the stadium has played host to five Super Bowl games, events in the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, the 1994 Men’s World Cup Final, the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final, the MLS LA Galaxy from 1996-2003, three BCS National Championship Games, and a number of other memorable events over the past 90 years. In 2007, Sports Illustrated named Rose Bowl Stadium as the top venue in all of college sports, a deserved honor.

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With a current capacity of 92,542 for the Rose Bowl Game, the stadium is the largest to host a college football bowl game, and holds a multitude of other attendance records in other sports. With an attendance of 103,985 fans, Super Bowl XIV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams played at the Rose Bowl, set an NFL postseason attendance record, and the 1994 Men’s World Cup Final that saw Brazil defeat Italy 3-2 after a penalty shootout set the United States soccer attendance record at 94,194.

Rose Bowl Stadium was inspired by the design of the Yale Bowl, and resides Arroyo Seco Park in the city of Pasadena in the San Gabriel Valley. With a 2 PM local time, the sun begins to set in the second half; the mix of the view of both the sunset and San Gabriel Mountains with the intensity of the fourth quarter of the Granddaddy of Them All makes you take pause and realize how amazing the entire Rose Bowl experience is.

The Tradition: The Game and the Parade

The first Tournament of Roses Parade and games were held in 1890 to a crowd of about 2,000 people. On January 1, a parade of flower-decorated horse and buggies and games such as foot races, tugs of war and jousts entertained the crowd. We’ve come a long way since then; elaborate floats are now constructed by float building companies and contain high-tech computerized animation. The Parade is also nationally televised on New Year’s morning, providing an entertaining spectacle to the masses.

A dozen years after the first Tournament of Roses, the first Rose Bowl game was played at Tournament Park between the University of Michigan and Stanford University in 1902. The undefeated national champion Michigan team crushed Stanford, who quit in the third quarter, 49-0. Because the game was so lopsided, Tournament of Roses officials decided that they would no longer hold a football game, opting instead for Roman-style chariot races and other events. That held true until 1916, when football returned, and the “annual” Rose Bowl Game was born.

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Since that point, USC has been by far the most frequent participant in the Rose Bowl, with 33 appearances. In what amounts to a home game for them, USC has won 24 Rose Bowls, also a record. Michigan is second in the record books with eight wins in 20 appearances. Not surprisingly, the most frequent matchup has been USC hosting Michigan, with USC holding a 6-2 record in their eight meetings.

The Rose Bowl was exclusively a game between the Pac-10 and Big Ten from 1947 to 1998, when the BCS took over the game. Now, it is no longer required that the Pac-10 and Big Ten meet, particularly in the instance that a team from one of those two conferences is playing in the BCS National Championship Game and a team from a non-automatic conference is eligible. That’s the case for the 2011 game between Wisconsin and TCU.

As the oldest of the bowls, the Rose Bowl game is referred to respectfully as The Granddaddy of Them All. It is indeed worthy of that moniker.

Getting There

Getting to Pasadena isn’t particularly onerous, especially from Los Angeles. It is accessible by driving or by the Los Angeles Metro Gold Line light rail, which has six stops in Pasadena.

Part of the fun of the game is of course tailgating, so arrive early to the surrounding area to get situated. Make sure you are in your seat will time to spare before kickoff, however. The pregame flyover and video presentation, plus the introduction of the teams is all part of the fun.

Where to Stay

The major chain hotels and a number of local ones are represented in Old Town Pasadena, a short walk from the Rose Bowl. Several good choices are listed below:

Where to Eat/Drink

From the popular Paseo Colorado shopping center to some of the side streets in Old Town Pasadena, there are plenty of options to get a bite or a drink.

  • Euro Pane (Lunch/Bakery)

Rose Bowl to undergo $152 worth of renovations

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

A bond measure was approved by the Pasadena City Council that paves the way for the Rose Bowl to undergo $152M worth of renovations. The details are provided by the LA Times.

The Rose Bowl will now be played in Pasadena through at least 2043, which is welcome news for anyone who has ever attended a Rose Bowl. I went to the 2007 game between Michigan and USC, and even though Michigan lost, it was one of the most memorable sporting events I have ever attended. The pageantry of the pregame festivities, the tradition of the stadium and the game, and the environment and atmosphere make it perhaps the best place to watch a football game in the country.

The 2 PM local start on a beautiful southern California day, the San Gabriel mountain backdrop and second-half sunset make the Rose Bowl the best setting for a football game in America. Even on a day when your team disappoints you it is hard to come away anything less than impressed and awed.