Tailgating at UCLA games is a unique experience since games are held at the nation’s most famous college football stadium – The Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl was constructed in 1922 and has been the home of the UCLA Bruins since 1982. The Rose Bowl is in Pasadena, some 30 miles away from UCLA’s actual campus in Westwood. So if you’re hoping to check out the campus at some point, be sure to keep this in mind!
The Rose Bowl is situated in a ravine surrounded by hills and mountains which makes for a lovely view from the golf course and stadium. On the flip side, this location creates significant traffic issues since there are only a few ways in and out of the stadium and most are small residential streets. Which is even more reason to get to the Rose Bowl early, set up a great tailgate, and enjoy the comradery of your fellow football fans!
If you’re planning to attend a game at this Rose Bowl this fall, this Tailgater Guide should have everything you need for a successful game day experience!
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME
To purchase a season pass or single-game tickets for UCLA games check out the Ticket Office Site, email them at email@example.com or give them a call at 310-206-5991. If you’re planning to attend the OU game, we suggest locking your tickets in ASAP! It’s going to be a big game at the Rose Bowl!
GETTING TO THE ROSE BOWL
Given the location of the Rose Bowl, your options to get to the stadium are quite limited when compared to other football stadiums. Your options are:
Drive & Park at the Golf Course
- Parking opens six hours before kick-off and is first-come, first-served on the Brookside Golf Course which surrounds the north side of the Rose Bowl. Prices average $40 per car day of or you can pre-purchase parking at ParkJockey.com so you don’t have to worry about having cash on game day and you’ll even save a few bucks!
- There is also parking south of the stadium near the ball diamonds but most of the tailgating action is up on the golf course.
- If you’re interested in tailgating, we’d suggest targeting Lot 7 – it’s the first lot open to general parking for UCLA games and is FULL of the die-hard UCLA fans. It’s the BEST tailgate atmosphere at the Rose Bowl in our opinion. It also has lots of large trees around for shade, but plenty of open areas for throwing around a football.
If you want to ‘drive’ by renting a limo, RV, etc. and having a driver take your party to and from the stadium, be sure to purchase ‘Bus & RV parking’, which you can also find on Park Jockey linked above.
For more information on parking at the Rose Bowl, check out UCLA Parking Central. There’s also information on this site regarding season passes for UCLA Season Ticket Holders or Wooden Athletic Fund Donors.
Ride-Share/Metro & Take the Shuttles
The Rose Bowl does offer a shuttle service from Parsons Corp. located at 100 W. Walnut Street. Fans can ride-share or take the metro to Parsons and then take the shuttle down to the stadium. Taking the shuttle makes it very difficult to bring tailgate gear so hopefully you have a buddy with a tailgate you can join!
Ride-Share and Drop-off at the Rose Bowl
If you want to use ride-share options (i.e. Lyft, Uber, etc.) and get dropped off at the actual Rose Bowl, you can, just be prepared to have some delays if you head that way closer to game time. Do note, that the Rose Bowl has one set drop-off and pick-up location right near the Fan Fest area in the above map. If you’re planning to meet friends out on the golf course, be prepared to walk for ~10-20 minutes depending on which lot they pulled in to.
More game day information (i.e. stadium policies, ADA parking, etc.) can be found on the UCLA tailgating Game Day Guide.
TAILGATING ON THE GOLF COURSE <- how awesome is that?
Fans can set up one 10’x10’ tent behind their car. If you have a bigger group you might want to caravan in with multiple cars, so you can set-up multiple tents and have enough space for all your guests. No outside caterers are allowed on the golf course so make sure to plan to bring your own food or give yourself enough time to pick up a catering order before driving into the Rose Bowl.
Given the tough traffic mentioned earlier, make sure to pack up your leftovers and save it for the post-game. We’d recommend hanging out in the parking lot for a bit to let the traffic die down. The lots are officially open for 1.5 hours after the game.
For more detailed information on Rose Bowl Rules & Regulations, check out the Rose Bowl Code of Conduct.
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TAILGATER CONCIERGE SERVICE FOR UCLA GAMES
If you’re traveling in from out of town, bringing a large group to a game, or just don’t want to deal with the hassles of tailgating, check out our UCLA Tailgate Packages! We handle the space, set-up, take-down of all your needed equipment – from the standard 10’x10’ tents, tables, chairs to coolers w/ ice, media packages, corn hole games and more! Our team at Tailgater Concierge will also help coordinate all your catering, beverage and bartending needs. You’ll have a full concierge team on-site ensuring you have a flawless game day experience. If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to our team today at 888-301-2190!
*There is VERY limited food and beverage for purchase outside the Rose Bowl on UCLA game days, so be prepared. If you’re not planning on tailgating, either eat before you head to the game, or bring food you can snack on when you arrive if you want to get there a bit early.
*UCLA Stadium has adopted the Clear Bag Policy. Find more information on what is or is not permitted in the stadium in the UCLA game day guide linked above
*All rideshare options will have a pick-up and drop-off located in Lot H. Please keep this in mind when coming and going from the Rose Bowl. If your friends are tailgating out on the Golf Course, you may need to factor in a 15-20-minute walk to get to them!
If you have any questions regarding tailgating at the Rose Bowl, reach out to the team at Tailgater Concierge via firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-301-2190!