The Rose Bowl Game is an annual American college football bowl game, played on January 1 (New Year’s Day) at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. The Rose Bowl Game is nicknamed “The Granddaddy of Them All” because it is the oldest currently operating bowl game. It was first played in 1902 as the Tournament East–West football game, and has been played annually since 1916. Since 1945, it has been the highest attended college football bowl game. It is a part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association’s “America’s New Year Celebration”, which also includes the historic Rose Parade.
The Rose Bowl Game has traditionally hosted the conference champions from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, but under the Bowl Championship Series system, the Rose Bowl was designated as its championship game, and hosted the top two teams determined by the BCS system. Beginning in 2015, the Rose Bowl has been part of the College Football Playoff and hosts one of its semifinal games every three years. During non-Playoff years, the Rose Bowl reverts to its traditional Pac-12/Big Ten matchup.
The 108th Rose Bowl Game will be held on January 1, 2022. The game will feature a traditional matchup of teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12. Come early and enjoy pre-game activities including tailgates, Rose Queen and Royal Court appearances, and more.