It happened: The Durham Rose Bowl

It happened: The Durham Rose Bowl
Photo from NC Museum of History

Friday’s Rose Bowl matchup between Alabama and Notre Dame won’t take place in the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. It’s only the second time in the storied bowl’s 100+ year history that the game will be played outside of Pasadena.

Because of rising COVID-19 cases in Southern California, the game was moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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The first Rose Bowl to be played at another site was in 1942 when the game was held in Durham, North Carolina.

That year, shortly after the match-up between Duke and Oregon State was set, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and sporting events on the West Coast were grounded.

Tickets, priced at $4.40, sold out in three days and North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest loaned portable bleachers to help increase the seating capacity of Duke’s stadium.

Despite the home field advantage, Oregon State upset Duke 20-16.

You can read more about the 1942 Rose Bowl here.

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