How to see Rose Bowl events

Travel Q&A

September 08, 1996|By N.Y. TIMES NEWS SERVICE

How does one see the Rose Bowl Parade? Are there tickets? How do you get tickets to the Rose Bowl Game?

Those who want to stand along the 2 1/2 mile route of the Tournament of Roses Parade, held Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif., can do so without a ticket. That usually involves arriving very early in the morning (the parade starts at 8 a.m.).

Grandstand seat tickets cost $23 to $50 each ordered from Sharp Seating, P.O. Box 68, Pasadena, Calif. 91102; (818) 795-4171, fax (818) 449-3967. The company also sells parking at $15 a car. Grandstand seats are also sold by Marsden Brothers, 127 Esparta Way, Santa Monica, Calif. 90402, (310) 394-6639; tickets are $45, and parking is $15.

Almost all the game tickets go to season-ticket holders of the participating college teams and those associated with the conferences. Occasionally, perhaps 1,000 seats are offered to the public in mid-December, and half are for Pasadena residents. Call (818) 449-4100 after Nov. 15.

The only way to be sure of getting a ticket is as part of a package that includes hotel. The seats in these packages are in the corners behind the goal line or in the end zone. The companies usually offer better seats for more money.

One package is offered by the Tournament of Roses, 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, Calif. 91184; (818) 449-4100, fax (818) 449-9066. Included are four nights at one of three hotels, daily continental breakfast, a tour of Pasadena, a visit to the barns where the floats are assembled, a concert of bands, seats at the parade and game seats. Participants can attend a Rose Bowl Game kickoff luncheon (for an extra $37) and a New Year's party ($90 to $150, depending on hotel). The price is $1,245 to $1,650 for one person or $885 to $1,125 a person with two in a room.

Kim Tours, 900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1536, Los Angeles, Calif. 90017; (800) 237-4546; fax (213) 625-5765. A three-night package, beginning Dec. 30, includes accommodations in the Marina Beach Marriott, a view of the floats' construction and seats for the parade and game, with transportation and a box lunch. The price is $850 for one person and $720 each for two in a room.

Al Brooks Rose Bowl Tours, 900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 104, Los Angeles, Calif. 90017; (213) 624-1547, fax (213) 626-4808. A three-night package includes a stay at the Marriott Airport, a visit to the barns where the floats are assembled, a city tour, grandstand seats at the beginning of the parade route and seats to the game. Prices are $765 for one person, $670 each with two sharing a room. The package is available without game tickets, for $495 for one person and $395 in double occupancy.

Pub Date: 9/08/96

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