PASADENA - Allowing an NFL franchise to use the Rose Bowl for up to five years would cause some "significant and unavoidable" environmental impacts to air quality, noise, recreation, transportation, traffic and parking, a draft report released by the city has found.
The draft Environmental Impact Report, part of a $400,000 study approved by the City Council in March, was posted on the city's website Thursday and will be available for public review and comment through Oct. 8.
Neither developer Ed Roski Jr. of Majestic Realty, which is proposing a stadium in Industry, nor Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is proposing Farmer's Field near LA Live downtown, has a team in hand and neither has begun construction.
But if either proposal is successful, an interim facility, such as the Rose Bowl, would likely be needed as early as the fall of 2013, city officials said.
The proposed project, which has attracted both strong support and opposition, would generate noise levels that would exceed the city's standards and "significantly interfere with existing recreational facilities in the Central Arroyo," the draft study found; there would also be "significant impacts" to intersections, streets and transit systems during weekday and weekend events.
Hosting the NFL would also generate pollutants that exceed South Coast Air Quality Management District thresholds, the review reported.
The draft study proposes a wide range of measures


to lessen impacts but in some cases, "no feasible mitigation exists." City Manager Michael Beck has said that hosting an NFL team could generate "tens of millions of dollars" a year in direct and indirect revenue for cash-strapped Pasadena and could help fill the Rose Bowl renovation's funding gap.
Stadium officials announced this week that the renovation is expected to increase by another $2 million for the project's second phase, bringing the total estimate up to nearly $179 million. But they plan to put off about $14.3 million in improvements, which would reduce the project estimate to $164.6 million and leave a funding gap of $25.3 million rather than nearly $40 million.
The City Council would have to certify the environmental review and amend the city ordinance to increase the number of large stadium events of greater than 20,000 attendees from 12 to up to 25 a year.
Rose Bowl neighbor Nina Chomsky, president of the Linda Vista/Annandale Association, said she was pleased the public would have 60 days to review the extensive report rather than the 45 required.
Chomsky, who had yet to read the report, said she was also pleased the draft EIR would be reviewed both by the Planning Commission, with its strong background in state environmental law, and the Parks and Recreation Commission since the impact on the Central Arroyo would be "enormous."
Lee Zanteson, past president of the LVAA, said he will check to see if the draft EIR has examined "the totality" of recreational use.
"I don't think the city has other parks that can replace the Rose Bowl loop for all the people that use it, and there are literally thousands every day," he said.
Zanteson said he was concerned the significant impacts would be trumped by economic concerns.
Councilman Victor Gordo, president of the Rose Bowl Operating Co., said the city must explore all options and ensure any deal makes sense for the city, the stadium, its partners and the community.
The public can hear more about the draft EIR and provide comment at a Sept. 19 special Planning Commission meeting, a Sept. 27 Transportation Advisory Commission meeting and an Oct. 2 Recreation and Parks Commission meeting.
The entire draft report can be found online at