If you were wondering where an NFL team in Los Angeles would play while waiting to move into the new downtown stadium that really doesn’t look like it’s going to get built anytime soon, Pasadena has you covered: The Pasadena city council voted yesterday to allow the Rose Bowl to host an additional 13 games a year if a deal is struck to have an NFL team lodge there temporarily while waiting for a new stadium.
They did so despite more than 100 local residents packing the hearing to complain about the likely traffic and noise impacts, because councilmembers were just so thrilled by the prospect of hosting an NFL team:
“I’m not excited about the NFL, and clearly [the Rose Bowl's neighbors] are not excited, but it’s the responsible thing to do,” Councilwoman Margaret McAustin said.
Okay, actually they were excited at the prospect of an NFL team maybe paying $5-10 million a year in rent, which would help pay off the $195 million in renovation costs Pasadena is looking at for the Rose Bowl. Though given that the city would also need to add extra police on game days, and might need to spend more on amenities to make the Rose Bowl NFL-acceptable, and there’s no guarantee that a team would agree to pay $5-10 million in rent in the first place … well, all that can be worked out if a team decides to move to L.A. and needs a temporary home and decides to negotiate a short-term lease with Pasadena. All the city has done at this point is metaphorically hung out a “Have stadium, will rent to NFL for food” sign — which was instantly metaphorically defaced by local residents. And a Happy Thanksgiving was had by all…