Rose Bowl scheduled for renovation

PASADENA, Calif. -- The Pasadena City Council on Monday approved a $152 million renovation plan for the 88-year-old Rose Bowl stadium.

The council also approved 30-year lease extensions with UCLA and the Tournament of Roses to continue playing at the bowl.

Construction will run in three phases beginning in January and ending in 2013 to avoid disrupting games.

The number of luxury seats will be increased from about 550 to 2,500. The site of the annual Rose Bowl game also will get a new scoreboard, safety improvements, more restrooms and more concession stands.

The city plans to pay for the upgrade with federal stimulus funds, a bond issue, money from the Tournament of Roses and profits from previous games.