Rose Bowl sold out for Saturday’s Gold Cup final

The first of the two semifinals has not yet ended – U.S.-Panama is still on-going as I write this, – but CONCACAF officials have just announced that all 90,000 tickets have been sold at the Pasadena venue.

I’m guessing most of those buyers are not expecting a Panama-Honduras final, although the U.S. is currently tied 0-0 with about 25 minutes to go in the second half with the Central American nation it lost to earlier in the tournament. Mexico plays Honduras in the second game of today’s doubleheader.

There will be no ticket sales period at the Gold Cup final Saturday and CONCACAF officials are urging fans to arrive “very early” – before 4 p.m. – to ensure they see the opening kickoff. Even picking up previously ordered tickets on game day can be a challenge.

From the CONCACAF press release:

Fans arriving after 4 p.m. can expect a long walk to the stadium and may even possibly be late for the start of the match.

Fans are also encouraged to arrive early to enjoy Futbol Fiesta, a 120,000 sq. ft. interactive fan area featuring live music, interactive elements, giveaways and a beer garden. Futbol Fiesta will open at 2 p.m. in Area H on the South end of the Rose Bowl.

Finally, fans are encouraged to carpool or utilize alternative means of transportation like the Metro Gold Line or the Old Pasadena Shuttle Bus, which is free and begins service at 3 p.m. and runs until 90 minutes after the conclusion of the game.

Parking at the stadium is $20, but unless you’re planning to barbecue on the golf course I’d recommend the free shuttle, which is fast and convenient.

Oh, and temperatures are expected to hit 80 degrees in Pasadena Saturday.

The 6 p.m. game is live on Fox Soccer Channel and Univision.


The U.S. beat Panama 1-0 from a Clint Dempsey goal off a Landon Donovan cross (the Panamanian defender marking Dempsey really should have prevented that ball from reaching Dempsey on the far post).

The U.S. now awaits the winner of the Mexico-Honduras semifinal.

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    Do you think we really need to be there by 4 pm or is that just marketing hype to get people to show up to there fubol fiesta?

    I’ve gone to plenty of UCLA football games but none of those have ever sold out. I’m surprised you recommend the shuttle. I did it once. I looked at the line waiting for a bus and determined it would be quicker to walk. Since then I’ve always parked at the stadium. My helpful hint of the day is to come in from the north not the south.

  • Yes, I will be getting there early and I think it’s necessary.

    UCLA football fans are generally more familiar with the RB than soccer fans who only go there once every couple of years or so.

    I always park in Old Town and take the shuttle from the Parsons building. The shuttle lines look long, but move rapidly (although I admit the crowds have thinned a bit by the time I return from the mixed zone and post-game press conference).

    It’s just not worth spending $20 on stadium parking unless you plan to tailgate IMHO.

  • studs down

    I’ll sit this one out, don’t care to mix with rude Mexican fans anymore. Too bad Honduras didn’t knock’em out cause it will have been really cool to see who the 85,000 out of the 90,000 ticket buyers would have rooted for…..Maybe the ref, especially if Count Dracula was called in to ref the 3rd of US games in this tournament.