|Rose Bowl Stadium, 1934|
|Pasadena District Map|
- if the City of Los Angeles signs an NFL team to a contract
- if Farmers Field in downtown Los Angeles gets approved and built
- if Pasadena residents in nearby neighborhoods do not protest the added traffic and noise
- if at the required second reading of the EIR on December 3, the council votes to finalize action
- if an NFL team signs a contract with Pasadena to use the stadium in the interim between coming to Los Angeles and the completion of a stadium in Los Angeles.
With Gordo and Arevalo rubbing elbows with many developers around town, one would think they had the system covered and the community protected from escalating costs. We would be wrong to assume. This is not the case. Now, “The Band-Aid” has to be used out of the coach's playbook. The city deserves more community-minded commitment and financially conscious representatives than Arevalo and Gordo.
Ultimately, the residents and people of the community surrounding the Rose Bowl lose this financial game. This is for sure. If the NFL had to chose between the Rose Bowl or the Los Angeles Coliseum, at Exposition Park, the new home of space shuttle Endeavor, I would put my money on the Coliseum. Even though the LA Coliseum Commission is no better that the RBOC, and equally corrupt, downtown Los Angeles has better infrastructure for the 93,600 fans the Olympic stadium could accommodate, along with MTA alternatives.
At the end of the day, it is plain and simple. The Rose Bowl Operating Company is a mismanaged mess. Why would the NFL chose to settle for less in Pasadena when the obvious choice for any temporary accommodation for the NFL is the Los Angeles Coliseum? After all, I am a USC fan.