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Rose Bowl Details

When it came time to decide what games would be included in the College Football Playoff system, the easiest decision had to be including the Rose Bowl, the oldest bowl game. It was first played in 1902 and has been played every single year since 1916.

For much of its history, the game has featured the champions of the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences. However, during the BCS Era, this wasn’t always the case. When it was the Rose Bowl’s turn to host the national championship game (2002 and 2006), it hosted the top two teams in the country regardless of conference affiliation.The same holds true for when it is the Rose Bowl’s turn to host a semifinal game for the College Football Playoffs. But in the other non-playoff years, the Rose Bowl continues with its Pac-12/Big Ten affiliation.

Its origins can be traced as far back as 1888 when the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club was formed. Two years later, the first Tournament of Roses parade and games was held featuring foot races, tug of war competitions, jousting, and more.

It wasn’t until 1902 that the first football game was held at Tournament Park. Organizers had hopes that it could help raise money to cover the cost of the parade. The contest was billed as the Tournament of Roses East-West Game, and pitted Michigan against Stanford.

The Wolverines won in a blowout, 49-0. The game got so out of hand Stanford quit in the third quarter. Since the game was only a friendly, and not meant to be competitive, it was discontinued. In the years to follow, the Tournament of Roses featured chariot races (starting in 1904), ostrich races in 1913, and even an ‘elephant versus camel’ race (the elephant won).

Organizers brought the football game back in 1916 and called it the Rose Bowl Game and has been going strong ever since. In its revival year, Washington State defeated Brown, 14-0.

The crowds became too big for Tournament Park, and a new stadium was commissioned and built in 1922. It cost a mere $272,198 to construct, sat 57,000 people and was named ‘The Rose Bowl.’ USC won the first Rose Bowl game played in it (1923), in a 14-2 win over Penn State.

Over the years, the seating capacity has been increased, to the point now where its capacity is listed at 92,542 but has been known to seat well over 100,000.

The only time the Rose Bowl game was not played in Southern California was in 1942. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, organizers feared the Japanese might try to attack the West Coast again. Duke offered to host the game rather than see it canceled. Organizers accepted the offer so for one season it was played in Durham, North Carolina. But for the other years of Rose Bowl history, the game has taken place in Southern California.

When and where is the 2019 Rose Bowl game?

The 2019 Rose Bowl is set to take place on New Year’s Day (January 1st) at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA. This game is one of the most highly anticipated for fans as it typically holds a match-up of two very successful teams in "The Granddaddy of Them All" bowl.

How much are Rose Bowl tickets?

The average Rose Bowl game ticket costs $425 on the resale market, but this may vary depending on the game’s matchup on any given year.