The cement has been poured, the bricks have been set and after weeks of construction, the first installment of the rose mosaic located just outside of Gate A at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena will be revealed July 1 at a “Brick Bash” from 6 – 9 p.m.
Brought to life by the joint efforts of the Tournament of Roses® and Legacy Connections, the Brick Campaign enables sports fans and community members to become part of the stadium’s rich history, one brick at a time, by purchasing and engraving the bricks used to make the mosaic.
The rose mockup template pictured spans 90’ long and 88’ high and took four men two days to install.
Adding to the stadium’s timeless appeal, the 27,000 brick mosaic is located outside of Gate A in the plaza leading to the main entrance. Football fans even have the option to position their bricks in designated locations for their preferred Big Ten and Pac-12 teams.
In addition to looking for his brick, Tournament of Roses President Rich Chinen will be part of a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:45 p.m. with Mayor of Pasadena Bill Bogaard, Rose Bowl Operating Company Board of Directors President Victor Gordo and Chair of the Philanthropic Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign Andrea Van de Kamp.
Did you buy a brick? Find yours in the mosaic during the Brick Bash. Wish you had? Click here to order and personalize yours today to make the second installment!
The Tournament of Roses® welcomes 61 new members to its family
In Pasadena, Tournament of Roses members are as popular as the Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game®. Known for their distinctive white uniforms – which have earned them the nickname of “white suiters” – these individuals share a commitment to community service. They are accomplished and talented, the driving force behind America’s New Year Celebration® and part of the Tournament family.
Despite the 935-person membership limit (per Association bylaws), the Tournament family grows each year. Adults ages 21 to 64 have from New Year’s Day to March 1 to submit their applications and two letters of recommendation; whereupon they are scheduled for an interview with the Membership Committee.
“It’s inspiring to meet so many accomplished people who want to give their time to the parade and game,” said Katie McFadden, Director of Member Services. “Most just want to give back to the community, be part of the tradition, meet new people and have fun.”
Representing a variety of occupations in almost every industry, each new member will add a white suit and red tie to their wardrobes as they gear up for their first parade as a “white suiter.”
Following the interviews, new members are notified by mail if they are selected and then are invited to Tournament House for an orientation. Here they learn about the history and traditions of the Tournament, relationships with the city and other partners, committee assignments and of course, the white suit.
Curious about becoming a ”white suiter”? Applications are available every January 1 and are due in March. For more on eligibility requirements visit the Membership page on our website.