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Rose Bowl offers public tours

June 22, 2013|By Joe Piasecki
  • The Rose Bowl is offering public tours four days a week. The 91-year-old stadium is undergoing a major renovation.
The Rose Bowl is offering public tours four days a week. The 91-year-old… (Ricardo DeAratahna / Los…)

Rose Bowl officials are launching a series of public tours offering football fans and architecture buffs an up-close look at the stadium's past, present and future.

Tours of the 91-year-old stadium will be offered four times a day Thursdays through Sundays, except on game days or during special events, Rose Bowl General Manager Darryl Dunn said.

For $17.50, visitors can tour locker rooms, play reporter in a postgame interview room and even bring a football to toss around on the field, said Amy Pratt, director of sales for the stadium marketing firm Legends.

Highlights include the tri-level seating pavilion and press box area recently completed as part of an ongoing $181-million renovation of the stadium, as well as an original 1922 locker room uncovered during construction.

The tiny cement-walled room on the stadium’s northeast side housed either the Notre Dame team led by Knute Rockne or Coach Glenn “Pop” Warner’s Stanford team that met in the 1925 Rose Bowl game, Dunn said.

Unveiled to the media on Thursday, the room now contains various stadium artifacts located during renovation, including a strip of decades-old aluminum bench seats, an antique turnstile and Rose Bowl game memorabilia.

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joe.piasecki@latimes.com

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