Update on Rose Bowl Draft Environmental Impact Report
City officials say temporarily hosting an NFL team could help fund city services and offset rising Rose Bowl renovation costs. Rose Bowl CEO and General Manager Darryl Dunn noted that while any extra money would help the renovation, the stadium is not relying on the NFL as a solution to its financing issues.
The draft EIR is part of a $400,000 study commissioned by the city this year. In addition to the public, the City sent the draft EIR to the Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Commissions for review. Both commissions expressed concerns and asked the environmental consultant, Impact Sciences, to address them. Also, Rose Bowl neighbors expressed reservations with the report stating that it is inadequate because it contained no baseline data for numbers of recreational users.
Final public comments that could be included in the final draft had to be submitted by October 8. It's estimated that the final environmental review could be presented to the City Council in mid-November when the City Council will vote on the EIR and the proposal increasing the annual number of large events at the stadium from 12 to 25.
To review the EIR: http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/rose_bowl_eir/