Even if fans can’t score tickets for the 2016 Rose Bowl Game, there’s plenty to do to celebrate the 102nd playing of the Granddaddy of Them All. There are four major pre-game events open to the public.
Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at noon at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. The Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor three players or coaches each year who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game. Mark Brunell, Fredrick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard and Tyrone Wheatley make up the Class of 2015, with a fourth addition, former Rose Bowl Game Media Director Jim Muldoon, who handled media operations and promotion from 1979 to 2007. Check the website for ticket sales and price.
Rose Bowl Game Kickoff Luncheon, Thursday, Dec. 31 at noon in a luncheon tent at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The mid-day pep rally brings together the coaches, athletes, marching bands and pep squads of the teams participating in the 100th Rose Bowl Game. The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees and 2016 Royal Court will also be present for the rousing event. Tickets are $90 and available to the public from Ticketmaster. Parking is free in Lot K.
Rose Bowl Game Public Tailgate Party, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 beginning at 8 a.m. in Lot H of the Rose Bowl. This event is free to the public, so anyone can come out and support the teams and take part in the excitement. Food and beverages are available for purchase or fans can bring their own. There will be entertainment and interactive displays. Contact the Rose Bowl Stadium, (626) 577-3100 or website for more information.
Lawry’s 59th Beef Bowl, the last week in December, is not open to the public, but fans can usually get the results from the local news. Each football team playing in the Rose Bowl Game has one night to chow down on beef at Lawry’s The Prime Rib restaurant in Beverly Hills. Though the competition aspect has been played down in the last few years in favor of better health and nutrition, the winning team is the one that chucks the most prime rib. It started, so the story goes, when the Tournament denied Lawry’s a place in the Rose Parade almost six decades ago.
Alumni Tailgate Parties, Friday, Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl area. Details and tickets will be available from alumni organizations of participating universities only.
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