The Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Photo by Felicia Aparicio.

The oldest and, arguably, most prestigious of the college bowl games. It is referred to as "the Granddaddy of them all."

Location: Pasadena
Stadium: Rose Bowl
Capacity: 102,083
Playing Surface: Grass
First Game: January 1, 1902
Playing Sites for the Rose Bowl Game: Tournament Park (1902, 1916-1922), Rose Bowl (1923-1941), Duke Stadium in Durham, NC (1942), Rose Bowl (1943-present).

Famous Firsts Involving the Tournament of Roses Game (Rose Bowl Game)

  • 1923 - First radio broadcast of the Rose Bowl (on KHJ)*
  • 1925 - First wire-photo transmission of a bowl game.
  • 1927 - First transcontinental radio broadcast of a sporting event ( on NBC)
  • 1948 - First Los Angeles telecast of a college football game ( on KTLA)
  • 1952 - First national telecast of a college football game ( on NBC)
  • 1962 - First coast-to-coast color telecast of a college football game ( on NBC)
  • 1968 - First satellite television broadcast to Europe of a college football game.
  • 1978 - First live satellite telecast of a bowl game to the Far East.

The first live Spanish-language broadcast of the game took place in 1988.

*Contributed by L.A. radio historian Jim Hilliker.


History of the Tournament of Roses Game


The crowd of 86,848 at the 2003 Rose Bowl Game was the lowest since 1944 (68,000 watched USC trounce Washington 29-0). The record crowd was 106,869 at the 1973 Rose Bowl Game.