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Steel Shots: Touchdown!
Posted by Tasha Weiss on July 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM.


The last steel beam for the renovation of the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif., has been installed. AISC regional engineer Brian Miller visited the site and snapped this photo a couple of days after the topping out ceremony on June 20. About 2,000 tons of steel is being used for the $152 million project.


About a year and a half away from the 100th Rose Bowl game at “America’s Stadium,” the $152 million Rose Bowl Stadium renovation project in Pasadena, Calif., has reached another milestone: the installation of the last major piece of structural steel.


Hundreds of construction workers signed their names to the beam before a 300-ton crane lifted it 103 ft into its place within the bowl. According to the Rose Bowl Operating Co., crews have worked on the project for 60,000 hours so far, with a perfect safety record, and have installed about 2,000 tons of steel.


W&W Steel, an AISC member, performed the steel fabrication, and Long Beach, Calif.-based Bragg Crane and Rigging, also an AISC member, was the steel erector for the project.


The largest investment in the history of the 88-year-old iconic structure will improve public safety, enhance the fan experience and maintain the national historic landmark status of the Rose Bowl Stadium, while developing revenue sources to fund the project and other long-term improvements to the stadium’s facilities. The financing plan includes lease extensions that will ensure UCLA will play its home football games at the Rose Bowl through 2042 and host the Rose Bowl Game through at least 2043.


The goals of the three-phase project are to expedite tunnel ingress/egress, improve concourse circulation, increase the number of concession stands and restrooms, provide state-of-the-art premium seating products in a rebuilt press box and install a new scoreboard and cutting-edge video board. The renovation will also address key stadium infrastructure needs that will allow the facility to continue to operate for decades to come. The project will be completed in late 2013.


Click here to learn more about the Rose Bowl Stadium renovation project and see news and photos from the topping out ceremony.

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