With the new Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park soon opening, would it be a good idea for the UCLA football team to potentially move there or stay at the Rose Bowl?
I have heard this idea floating around for a while. Should the UCLA football team stay at the Rose Bowl, their home for the last 37 years, or if offered a sweet deal, move into the new Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood?
The idea once again arose when a fellow sportswriter inquired about the idea on Tuesday night. With the new Los Angeles Stadium opening next season if everything fell into place, should the Bruins think about calling the westside their home for football?
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This new stadium is going to be a state-of-the-art monolith to sports. On top of being the permanent home for the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, it will be prepped to host a plethora of major sporting events including a college football postseason bowl, the College Football Championship, a Super Bowl, an NCAA basketball regional or Final Four, Wrestlemania, the World Cup, and the Olympics.
So why not have one more tenant in this ultramodern stadium?
Though Los Angeles Stadium is closer to UCLA than the Rose Bowl (12 miles compared to 26 miles), this seems like a perfect opportunity for the Bruins to find a new residence, if offered.
But even if there was an option to move into a new abode, should they?
After the chat with my fellow sportswriter, I took an informal poll on Twitter and the results are loud and clear.
Though it seems like the Bruins could do with some fancy new digs, the majority polled want to see UCLA football stay put in the Rose Bowl.
Even though it is a bit of a trek to venture out to Pasadena for a Bruins game, it has undoubtedly been all UCLA’s for nearly four decades, despite the many concerts, soccer events, and Rose Bowl Game the stadium hosts. On top of that, no place in the country can top the tailgating experience of the Arroyo Seco, especially with the San Gabriel Mountains serving as a majestic backdrop.
That is something you will not get in Inglewood, primarily since the tailgating experience will now be on concrete and have airplanes flying overhead every five minutes (Los Angeles International Airport is just over three miles west fo the stadium location).
Additionally, the Rose Bowl itself is a fantastic place to be. Though it is 97 years old, you cannot beat the experience of UCLA football in America’s Stadium. On top of that, it is full of so many memories that other stadiums do not have. Essentially, it is home.
Though the Bruins should stay at the Rose Bowl, one reader responded to the poll with a simple idea that would link, but not confine the Bruins to Los Angeles Stadium: play an early season game at Hollywood Park. Not only could the Bruins host a non-conference game there, but it could be a marquee matchup with a bigtime college football program. Perfect for a primetime showdown. Now that is something I would head south for.