After a challenging year for athletics, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. , will be welcoming area high school football teams this spring.
Muir and Pasadena High School have been invited to play all home games over the next two months at the famed venue, as the teams' own stadiums are both undergoing renovations.
Muir and Pasadena traditionally play against each other in the Pacific League, with their seasons ending in a game at the Rose Bowl.
Rose Bowl general manager Darryl Dunn told the Los Angeles Daily News that all stars aligned to welcome the teams during the shortened spring season. Dunn and Pasadena councilman Tyron Hampton collaborated on the effort, holding conversations with the city, school districts and city manager.
“It’s a pandemic and everyone has to help out any way they can,” Dunn said. “We didn’t have any big events coming up, and the kids have gone through so much that we’re happy to be in the position to make this happen for them and provide them with this experience and the memories that come with it.”
As of now, no parents or other spectators will be allowed to attend the games, though that is subject to change. Beginning April 1, Los Angeles County will allow some fans at outdoor venues, so there could be discussions at a later date about allowing fans at these games.
“It’s really big that the City of Pasadena and the Rose Bowl came together to be good stewards for the community and to Darryl for listening to what we had to say to make this happen,” Hampton said. “The Rose Bowl stepped up in a major way. It’s going to be spectacular for our kids to be able to play in the most iconic place in the United States. They went from not knowing whether they would have a season, to not knowing where they would play, to having all their home games at the Rose Bowl. That’s priceless and a memory they will never forget.”