The Pasadena City Council holds public hearing Monday night on whether to pursue hosting an NFL team for up to five years.
The proposal pits Rose Bowl-area residents who fear traffic jams and an influx of unruly fans against the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and other business interests who say millions of dollars in public revenue and local spending on game days would be worth the inconveniences.
No NFL team has yet committed to move to the Southland, either now or after a permanent new NFL stadium is built, possibly in downtown L.A.
But before talks can even begin on making Pasadena an NFL team's temporary home, the City Council must amend the Arroyo Seco Public Lands Ordinance to hike the annual number of big Rose Bowl events from 12 to 25 and approve an environmental study.
A Nov. 5 report by Barrett Sports Group, a Manhattan Beach consulting firm hired by Pasadena, estimates that NFL games would raise $5 million to $10 million a year for the city-owned Rose Bowl, where costs for an ongoing renovation have spiraled to nearly $195 million, the Los Angeles Times reported. The gap between the funds Rose Bowl officials have and what they estimate they need has reached $30 million.
City Council members declined to say how they would vote tonight, but several said the renovation cost was a factor.
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