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The Ultimate Game Day Guide to Soccer at the Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl Stadium plays host to some major soccer matches! Coming up, there's the Soccer Champions Tour match between Real Madrid and AC Milan on July 23rd, and "El Clasico de Mexico Club America vs Chivas de Guadalajara" on October 15th. Here’s how to prepare for game day at the Rose Bowl Stadium to navigate the intense soccer rivalries.
Throughout its history, some of the most iconic moments at the Rose Bowl Stadium has been the soccer matches, including the finals of both the men's and women's World Cups, such as the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the United States and China, which changed the game for women’s sports forever. The stadium has also hosted national teams of the US, Brazil, Mexico, and Europe.
Celebrating over 100 years, this historic landmark is the 15th largest stadium in the world, 11th largest in the United States, and the 10th largest NCAA stadium.
About the matches
This summer, for the first time ever, the Soccer Champions Tour brings six of the world’s most iconic soccer clubs to be played into the United States in eight matches. Spain’s Real Madrid goes face to face with Italy’s AC Milan at the Rose Bowl Stadium on July 23rd.
As the grand finale to Hispanic Heritage Month, the long awaited Clásico de México arrives at the Rose Bowl Stadium with Club América going head to head with Club Deportivo Guadalajara. It's the biggest game in the continent and these teams have the biggest rivalry in Mexico, which began almost 65 years ago. This game is much more than a soccer game as it features cultural and entertainment events leading up to match day, as well as a day-long Fan Fest on game day with live music, traditional food, legendary players from both Clubs, mascots, and much more.
Game Day Tickets
Soccer Champions Tour: Real Madrid vs. AC Milan
Tickets for the Soccer Champions Tour can be found at www.SoccerChampionsTour.com. Premium seating packages are available and includes a pregame meal until kickoff, as well as beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks throughout the match.
Book Your Flights
The Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) is LA’s favorite airport for good reason – it's the closest one to the goal line. The airport is the official airport of the Rose Bowl Stadium and is located only 15 miles from Pasadena, averaging a 25-minute drive on most days. Fodor’s Travel named the airport the #1 in the U.S. for its accessibility and mellow, hassle-free experience. This airport is easy to travel through with two terminals served by Alaska, America, Avelo, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, United, Spirit, and Southwest with daily non-stop flights. There are also public charter providers such as JSX, as well as private jet services at Million Air and semi-private jet service with Advanced Airlines.
Those flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) can take the LAX Flyaway to Union Station and hop on the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena. Uber and Lyft rideshares are available from LAX at LAX-it, which can be accessible via the free shuttle outside baggage claim on level one.
Where to Stay
Choosing to stay in Pasadena as your home base is a smart strategy. Located just 13 miles from the Hollywood Burbank Airport, Pasadena provides travelers with easy access to the rest of the Los Angeles metroplex. Stay in a luxury hotel, a historic boutique, a business hotel, affordable inn or a short-term rental, many of which are situated steps away from Pasadena’s urbane atmosphere with scenic views and plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment.
What to Bring
Expect sunny summer months in Pasadena with highs averaging 89 degrees Fahrenheit and lows hovering around 62 degrees. Consider packing a light jacket for the breezy summer nights in this Mediterranean climate.
Foothill Transit operates a free Rose Bowl shuttle service from Parsons Engineering (100 W. Walnut Street at Fair Oaks Avenue) in Old Pasadena on the corner of Union Street and Delacey Street. The free shuttle will drop fans off within 100 feet from the stadium gates. Old Pasadena is home to more than 100 restaurants, bars and entertainment.
Parking can be purchased through the Rose Bowl Stadium in advance.
There will be a designated rideshare pickup and drop-off point for each game, with signage for easy navigation while on-site.
Those taking the Metro A Line should exit the train at Memorial Park Station in Pasadena. From there, fans can choose to walk the 2.4 miles to the Rose Bowl Stadium or walk to the short distance to the free shuttle at Parsons Engineering.
Accessible parking is available in Lots B, D, and F on a first come first parked basis. Drop-off and pick-up for ADA and Access Vehicles are located in the northeast corner of Lot I. The free shuttles to and from the Rose Bowl Stadium are also accessible.
Accessible seating is available with certain restrictions, and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Up to three companion tickets may be exchanged with each accessible ticket.
Additional information on Accessible Services are available on the Rose Bowl Stadium's website.
Cheer on your team at a local sports bar
Pasadena is home to some of the best sports bar experiences with passionate fans and plenty of TV screens. See our list of the best sports bars in Pasadena, because you deserve the best seat in the house.
Etch Your Legacy With the Rose Bowl Brick Campaign
Rose Bowl Stadium 100th Anniversary centennial bricks are available for a short time in limited quantities. All bricks directly support the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation’s efforts as the 501c3 non-profit supporting protection, preservation, and enhancement of the Rose Bowl Stadium’s future as a National Historic Landmark.