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Rose Bowl Game 101: Week of events for the 100th Granddaddy of Them All

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Even if fans can’t score tickets for the 2014 Rose Bowl Game, there’s plenty to do to celebrate the 100th playing of the Granddaddy of Them All.

There are four major pre-game events open to the public:

  • Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony luncheon on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at noon. The Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor three players or coaches each year who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game. This year is especially exciting as the 10 All-Century Hall of Fame inductees will be announced. Tickets will be available to the public but they have not yet gone on sale. Check the website for ticket sales, cost, and exact time of the luncheon.
  • Rose Bowl Game Kickoff Luncheon, Tuesday, Dec. 31 in the Rose Bowl area. The mid-day pep rally brings together the coaches, athletes, marching bands and pep squads of the teams participating in the 100th Rose Bowl Game. The 2014 Royal Court and 2013 Hall of Fame inductees will also be present for the rousing event. Tickets are $90 and available to the public from Ticketmaster. Parking is free in Lot K.
  • Rose Bowl Game Public Tailgate Party, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 beginning at 8 a.m. in Lot H of the Rose Bowl. This event is free to the public, so anyone can come out and support the teams and take part in the excitement. Food and beverages are available for purchase, and there will be entertainment and interactive displays. Contact the Rose Bowl Stadium, (626) 577-3100, for more information.
  • Official Rose Bowl Hospitality Village, Wednesday, Jan. 1 beginning at 10 a.m. This pregame event gives fans an opportunity to meet former NCAA greats and offers an open bar, food, open seating, interactive games, live entertainment and more. Tickets are $237.50 and can be purchased through PrimeSport.

Lawry’s 58th Beef Bowl, Dec. 27 & 28, is not open to the public, but fans can usually get the results from the local news. Each football team playing in the Rose Bowl Game has one night to chow down on beef at Lawry’s The Prime Rib restaurant in Beverly Hills. The winning team is the one that chucks the most prime rib. It started, so the story goes, when the Tournament denied Lawry’s a place in the Rose Parade almost six decades ago.

For fans of the teams playing in the Rose Bowl Game, Alumni Tailgate Parties take place on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl area. Details and tickets will be available from participating universities only.

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