The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is urging managers of the Rose Bowl to consider offering its venue as a temporary home if Los Angeles is successful in luring a National Football League team back to the region.
The chamber announced Tuesday said that its board last month voted in support of the Rose Bowl exploring the possibility of hosting a team for as many as four years during construction of a permanent stadium.
“The board felt very strongly that it would be a huge lost opportunity to dismiss the interim NFL team before even hearing what any deal terms may be and without understanding what impacts may result,” said Chamber Chief Executive Paul Little in a statement.
The Los Angeles City Council last August approved a partnership plan with Anschutz Entertainment Group to build a $1.2 billion stadium and replace a $275 million wing of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Developer Ed Roski also has a proposal to build a stadium on land he owns in the City of Industry.
Because both proposals are contingent on having an agreement with an NFL franchise before construction begins, the team would need to play at a temporary facility for at least a few years.
The Rose Bowl, which is undergoing renovation, is managed by the non-profit Rose Bowl Operating Co. Most of the board, which has not yet officially taken a stand on the issue. is appointed by Pasadena City Council members.