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My Journey Through The Gridiron Pac: From Berkeley to Pasadena

The 2019 College Bowl Season will be underway shortly. The Pac-12 will be sending 8 of their 12 teams bowling, with Pac-12 Champion Oregon representing the conference in this years Rose Bowl. 

I had the chance to visit 3 of the Pac’s football venues this past season for Stadium JourneyWith my journey’s taking me to Memorial Coliseum in Berkeley, the Memorial Coliseum in L.A. and The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, here are how the game day experience rankings came out, with a possible high of 5 stars. 

1. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum-USC Trojans  


Recent renovations to The Grand Old Lady have improved the USC Football game day experience. SC fans remain a loyal and demanding bunch. Even with the enhancements The Coliseum maintains it’s historic National Landmark status. 

Score: 3.86 

2. The Rose Bowl-UCLA Bruins


Another historic venue in the L.A. Area that reeks of many historic moments. With the team’s recent struggles The Rose Bowl’s scenic surroundings along with it’s history and mystique is what’s pushed the UCLA game day experience score higher than what it probably should be. 

Score: 3.57

3. Memorial Stadium-California Golden Bears


Located within the campus confines, even if the stands aren’t always filled a game at Memorial Coliseum, another historic college venue has a true college feel, with street lined frat parties as you approach the stadium. On a clear day, views across the San Francisco Bay are visible along the stands atop the stadium’s east rim. 

Score: 3.43

There are several factors that are taken into account into the scores, 2 of them fan support and return on investment. To be fair, late kickoff times, as well as kickoff times undetermined until in some cases 6 days within gametime, along with the Pac-12 not being a national power, it should be no surprise that attendance, while down across the college football nation, has had a significant impact across Pac-12 venues

Click on each link above the pictures to find how I came to each score. 

20191130_195433.jpgUCLA vs. Cal, 11/30/2019 at The Rose Bowl. Plenty of good seats available !!!