The annual Rose Bowl football game is held at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.
It's always hard to find Rose Bowl tickets no matter who's playing, but don't give up hope. If you're prepared, persistent and lucky, you might be able to get tickets at face value. Failing that, if you're willing to pay whatever it takes to get Rose Bowl tickets, you can get them. Here's what you'll need to do to get your Rose Bowl tickets.
Getting Rose Bowl Tickets at Face Value
Your first resort is to try getting tickets from the Tournament of Roses, but it's not easy. Rose Bowl tickets have sold out every year since 1947, usually well in advance. The chances of getting the few Rose Bowl tickets available for general sale at face value are slim, but if you have the time, you'd might as well try this approach first. The Tournament of Roses Official Website tells you everything you need to get Rose Bowl tickets through them.
Using this approach you can get two tickets per order and make a maximum of two orders per person. You'll have the best chance of getting your Rose Bowl tickets if you try the two-pronged approach described below. Asking a friend to try at the same time will increase your chances.
- Rose Bowl tickets go on sale in early December. Check their website for the exact date and time.
- Log onto Ticketmaster a few minutes early and start trying to reserve the instant they're available. Keep trying to reserve your tickets until you succeed or they are all sold out.
- At the same time, start calling the box office at (213) 365-3675. Keep calling until you're connected.
Getting Rose Bowl Tickets through Brokers
If you missed the Rose Bowl tickets release date or tried and failed to get Rose Bowl tickets that day, don't despair. Rose Bowl tickets will still be available through brokers who buy them to resell them at a profit, a practice that is entirely legal.
Through a broker, you can get tickets even if the box office is sold out. You can also get tickets in bigger groups (up to 10 or 20), guaranteed to be side-by-side or "piggy-backed" one row behind the other. Expect prices be 3x or more what the face value is.
Follow our tips for using a ticket broker to be sure unscrupulous dealers don't trick you.