Rose Bowl: A Complete History
The Rose Bowl hosts the championship game between the Big Ten and the Pac Ten conferences of NCAA College Football.
The idea of the Rose Bowl first came up in 1902 when
the Tournament of Roses wanted to include a football game amongst its other day time festivities of the parade.
The very first game was played between Michigan and Stanford. Michigan ended up winning 49-0 before Stanford gave up in the third quarter of play.
Because of the blow out, the Tournament of Roses decided to cease football play and opted for chariot races instead.
The Rose Bowl would not return again, until 1916 when a stadium was built to the similarity of the Yale Bowl, in Pasadena.
The stadium, built by architect Myron Hunt, held up to 57,000 and cost over a quarter of a million dollars.
The project was funded by selling 10-year subscription tickets for $100.
Local newspaper reporter Harlan "Dusty" Hall came up with the name "Rose Bowl" for the stadium, and on January 1, 1923, the Tournament held its first football game there.
It quickly out grew its capacity and many additions needed to be made for seating throughout the years.
The Rose Bowl is home to the first national telecast of a college football game (1952, NBC), and the first coast-to-coast color telecast of a college football game (1962, NBC)
The Rose Bowl Game has been a sellout attraction every year since 1947: the year the Big Ten and the Pac Ten conferences made an agreement to hold their championship game there.
See a complete list of Rose Bowl winners and scores here