Rose Bowl opens public tours

Today, the Rose Bowl begins running the first formalized tour in its 90-year history. Fans will be able to walk onto the field, through the locker rooms, and learn a little bit more about one of the country’s most iconic stadiums.

General manager Darryl Dunn said the goal is to create a museum-like experience: “You go in, you have some fun, you learn a little bit. Maybe you appreciate it a little more.”

Walk-up tours cost $17.50 for adults and $14.50 for children, available at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. They will be led on Saturday and Sundays until 4th of July, when tours will increase to every Thursday through Sunday. You can find additional information at rosebowlstadium.com or 626-275-2714.

During the abbreviated version of the tour given to media this week, I found the 1922 locker room to be the most interesting part. The room itself isn’t all that special, but still gave off a certain aura simply by virtue of being very old. (The tour guide did bring up “Five-Yard Fogerty” and the invention of the high five, but the story’s origins seem dubious. Former Dodger Glenn Burke is commonly credited for the gesture.)

The photo gallery below is most easily browsed by starting at the beginning and clicking on the photo to advance to the next.

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  • Joe Blow

    Wow. I’ll bet they had to close the golf course for parking for bruin fans, who lined up for a freebie.