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|Date & Time||Event||Location|
Jan 01, 2016
|Rose Bowl Football||Pasadena, CA|
Rose Bowl - Pasadena
Often referred to as The Granddaddy of Them All, the Rose Bowl is one of College Football's most storied bowl games. Played in Pasadena, CA, the Rose Bowl traditionally brings together a team from the Pac-10 conference and a team from the Big Ten conference. Fans of these teams that are lucky enough to get tickets to the game are treated to the Rose Bowl Stadium's famous, sight line enhancing elliptical shape.
The history of the Rose Bowl game dates back to 1902, when the University of Stanford accepted a challenge to take on the University of Michigan Wolverines. It was the first post season college football game ever played. By the third quarter, Michigan was trouncing Stanford 49 to 0 causing the Stanford Cardinal to quit as the game had no implications except their own embarrassment. Officials decided that they did not want to risk this type of blow out again and see Rose Bowl ticket sales drop, so instead elected to have chariot races instead of a football game. 1916 saw the return of football and as attendance grew; one thing was obvious they needed a bigger venue.
The new stadium opened in 1923 and was given the name 'The Rose Bowl'. The name was given because it was designed to be like the 'Yale Bowl', the first modern football stadium. The Rose Bowl game has sold out tickets for 60 years, and does not seem to be slowing down. The Rose Bowl is now part of the Bowl Championship Series, and hosts the National Championship game on a rotating basis with the other bowl members of the BCS. The last championship game at the Rose Bowl saw Vince Young lead his Texas Longhorns over the USC Trojans in 2006.
Prior to the game, a tradition that dates back even further is the Tournament of Roses Parade. Floats designed using a variety of flowers and natural materials travel down the streets of Pasadena. The annual tradition is a spectacle watched from around the world.
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