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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / A news summary

Motocross OKd for Rose Bowl

August 20, 1999

PASADENA — The City Council this week agreed to allow a motocross event at the Rose Bowl despite neighbors' protests that previous rallies have been among the noisiest events there.

Council members approved the World Supercross Series event on a 6-2 vote, with council members Steve Madison and Joyce Streator, whose districts surround the bowl, dissenting.

The supercross, an event in which dozens of the world's top riders race over a course of dirt mounds, will be held Nov. 20. A crowd of 25,000 is expected.

Rose Bowl stadium officials say that the city stands to net about $162,000 from the event, more than from an entire L.A. Galaxy soccer season. Event promoters have also agreed to pay $81,000 for new sod on the field after the event, which stadium officials say the city usually has to pay.

In June, the council rejected the event. But the promoters agreed to make concessions and changed the starting time to 2:30 p.m.

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