The Rose Bowl was first played in 1902, and is one of the biggest games in college football each January. Also known as "The Grandaddy of Them All", the game has been played annually since 1916 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The game has now been included in the College Football Playoff system, which is a four-team playoff that replaces the BCS to determine which two teams play in the National Championship Game.
In its long history, the Rose Bowl has crowned 30 different teams as champions. USC leads the way with 24 wins and 33 appearances, way above Michigan who comes in second in both categories at eight wins and 20 appearances. The first game ever was a 49-0 Michigan win over Stanford. The Pac-12 Conference has been more successful in the game over its history than the Big Ten – the two teams that have played into the game most often.
In three different instances, we've see the No. 1 vs. 2 teams in the country play in the Rose Bowl, with USC winning in 1963, Ohio State winning in 1969, and Texas being victorious in 2006. The USC vs. Texas National Championship Game is regarded by many as the best college football game of all-time.
The Rose Bowl is the pinnacle of college football for many teams and has been the goal of Pac-12 and Big Ten universities every season.
The Rose Bowl is one of the most exciting event of the college football season, held every year on New Year's Day in Pasadena, California. After the game in the evening is the Rose Parade, a huge parade with floral floats, equestrian marches and marching bands. The game has historically featured the Big Ten vs. Pac-12 champion and has also hosted the National Championship Game.
Since it is a true bowl-style stadium, there are no upper levels to the Rose Bowl. The sections are numbered from 1 to 28, and the rows can go up into the 80s. There is an "upper" and "lower" level to each section, but they are separated by only a walkway. Closest to the field, the rows are numbered alpha numerically. While there are general admission sections at the Rose Bowl for UCLA home games, the venue will not have any GA admission for the Rose Bowl event.
Tickets for the game will fluctuate in demand depending on what teams are invited to play in the big game. Teams like USC, Texas and Alabama can and have driven up demand and price when they have come to Pasadena in the past. Tickets can be available at a good price even before the teams are announced, so if you are confident in your team making it or just want to see a good game no matter who is playing, buying early can be a very good idea.
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