Since 1982, Rose Bowl Stadium has hosted the UCLA Bruins, which previously had held their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1928. With the Oakland Raiders moved into the Coliseum since the 1982 NFL season, UCLA changed to host its home games in Rose Bowl Stadium. The Bruins has won two Rose Bowl Games in their new home stadium in 1983 and 1984. Since moving to the stadium, UCLA has taken part in five Rose Bowl games.
In November of even numbered years, Rose Bowl Stadium hosts the annual rivalry match between UCLA and the L.A. Coliseum or the USC Trojans. The winner of the match is rewarded the 295-pound brass Victory Bell from a Southern Pacific railroad locomotive. Thanks to its three consecutive USC victories, UCLA now has got the trophy in 2018 after beating USC 34-27. However, USC leads the overall series.
Jackie Robinson Statue
Jackie Robinson will be remembered forever for breaking the color barrier of the Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947. Robinson played quarterback and safety in 1937 and 1938 as a UCLA Bruin. It is reported that his 104-yard kickoff return in 1938 is the longest in the history of Rose Bowl Stadium.
In November 2017, a statue of Jackie Robinson was unveiled at the stadium. It is the only statue in the whole world that depicts him in a football uniform.
Rose Bowl Stadium is also one of the world’s most decorated football venues. It hosted the Olympic Gold Medal Match in 1984, the FIFA World Cup Final in 1994, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final in 1999. These events made it become the world’s only stadium to host all three of international football’s major championship games.
Rose Bowl Stadium has also hosted the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final in 2002 and 2011, and the MLS Cup in 1998. The stadium was the home field of the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1996 through 2002.