How Would NFL Rose Bowl Traffic Affect South Pas?

Tuesday's vote by Pasadena City Council paves the way for negotiations with the NFL to host up to 13 games a year at the 90-year-old stadium.

More money, traffic congestion, trash and an influx in drunken fans. 

These are some of the complaints lodged during a Pasadena City Council meeting, in which members voted 7-1 in favor of certifying a so-called Final
Environmental Impact Report, and approving amending the Arroyo Seco Public Lands Ordinance to pave the way for NFL teams to play at the Rose Bowl.

To read more about what council members said, click here

But would crowds heading to or coming from professional football games, for up to five years while a permanent stadium is constructed elsewhere, end up dropping dollars in South Pasadena? Is the additional pollution and possible annoyances associated with game-day behavior worth it if more people walk into businesses in the city? 

This discussion question, posted on South Pasadena Patch Facebook, drew multiple comments, with users listing pros and cons: One reader wrote, "We need to steadfastly fight to preserve the quiet, green, suburban town that is SoPas.''

Another commenter pointed out, "It wouldn't hurt. I think it could make all the business better. Yes we get all the traffic and more people, but thats the price we pay living in L.A. Plus it's only temporary till the stadium downtown is finished.''

Patch Asks: Business owners, residents: What do you think? Would NFL teams playing in Pasadena be a good thing for South Pas or no? 

City News Service contributed to this report. 


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Ron Rosen November 22, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Little, if any. UCLA games and the Rose Bowl game don't affect South Pasadena. I don't see why an NFL game would be any different.
Donna Evans November 22, 2012 at 01:16 AM
That's interesting, Ron. I got a pretty different response on the Patch Facebook page. Folks seemed to think it might bring more foot traffic into area stores. You think not so much?
Ron Rosen November 22, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Oh, I was just looking at it from the negative side. I suppose that football games at the Rose Bowl bring more business to Bristol Farms and other stores, and some restaurants. It would be easy to find that out just by asking the merchants what happens for UCLA games.
Marvion November 25, 2012 at 01:29 PM
NFL + Rose Bowl? That would require completion of the 710 yardown freeway line, and a SPUSD $400 per parcel tax. Get real Don & Ronna. lol


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