A concept design for a $171 million Rose Bowl renovation cleared an important first step on Monday.
The Pasadena City Commission approved a plan to give the stadium a facelift that includes remodeling the press box and landscaping, widening the stadium's tunnels, and installing a new scoreboard, the Pasadena Star-News reported.
The new craftsman-style press box will have six levels and include premium club seats that will raise additional revenue for the Bowl.
According to the Star-News:
Five public bathrooms will be remodeled to be more compatible with the historic character of the Rose Bowl. And the landscaping design makes room for hedges around the perimeter of the field, similar to what the stadium had in place more than five decades ago, said Rose Bowl General Manager Darryl Dunn.
Nearly 18,300 square feet of landscaping would be reconfigured or removed.
"Our big vision is that aesthetically, the new press box, the new gates and fences, even the toilets would be remodeled so they all fit together better rather than being a collection of different pieces that have different designs," Peyton Hall, architect with Hollywood-based Historic Resources Group, told the Star-News.
A final design review must be approved by the Design Commission before construction can begin.