Yes! Free football game tickets. UCLA is an awesome school and it has been giving out tickets to incoming freshmen and transfer students at the beginning of every year to let them enjoy some of the school events for free. Last year’s incoming students were able to go to the game for UCLA vs. Washington, in which UCLA won. This year, the free tickets were for the football game against Utah Utes.
All home football games are held at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. Rides can conveniently be arranged through the shuttle transportation system, or the public transportation system by taking the Metro Gold Line. Or, if you have your own car, you can park at the stadium for a fee of $20. But, because there are a ton of people going to the game, the traffic tends to be congested. So, be sure to leave early to avoid traffic and claim your parking spots! First come, first serve!!
As much as people are enthusiastic about the actual game itself, many get excited for the food. The food completes the whole experience of watching football. The stadium is filled with temporary food vendors where you can find bacon-wrapped hot dogs, garlic fries, Santa Maria tri-tip sandwich, BBQ beef or pulled pork sandwiches, burritos, sweet kettle popcorn, and even teriyaki chicken rice bowls. The concessions sell just about everything: hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, churros, popcorn, candy, and peanuts. Plus, it’s not just any ordinary hot dog. You can either choose a jumbo hot dog, a jumbo bratwurst, Louisiana hot link (includes grilled peppers and onions^^), Italian hot links(serves with marinara and grated mozzarella cheese), or the “Old Fashioned Hot Dog,” which comes with a freshly cooked sausage bun sprinkled with bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. As you might have realized already, I am passionate about food. The Rose Bowl sounds like a happy place to me.
It’s really cool to have the Rose Bowl as our home stadium, because it has hosted many famous games. It has hosted the Olympic Soccer Matches in 1984, the Men’s World Cup in 1994, the Women’s World Cup in 1999, and the BCS National College Football Championship Games in 2002 and 2006. Also, the Rose Bowl Stadium is the eighth largest stadiums in the nation.
This year’s free game was just last Saturday. UCLA won with the final score of 21-14. With our powerful defense, we were able to keep the other team’s offense from scoring any points until the very last quarter.
Although I’m not a huge football aficionado, if I can get a free ticket, and I get to eat great food, I’d say it’s a pretty good deal. Thank you UCLA.