Take the Gold Line to Copa America at the Rose Bowl

Futból fans, you know what time it is: It’s time for Copa America! The Rose Bowl is hosting three first-round matches, with the Brazil versus Ecuador taking place on Saturday, June 4. Colombia versus Paraguay follows on Tuesday, June 7, and expected crowd-favorite Mexico versus Jamaica takes place Thursday, June 9. All three matches take place in the evening.

Instead of competing with traffic to get to the Rose Bowl and then slogging through parking, you should Go Metro. Here’s how: take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station. After exiting the station, turn right and walk west for two blocks on Holly Street to the Parsons parking lot, where you can catch a shuttle to the Rose Bowl. The shuttle starts running three hours prior to the start of the match and ends one hour afterwards. The cost to ride is $5 round-trip. If you’re feeling pumped up, you can also walk to the Rose Bowl — it takes about 20 minutes.


And here are a few quick FAQs on fare and TAP:

  • A one-way ride is $1.75 and comes with two hours of free transfers on TAP.
  • TAP cards must be tapped before boarding each line, including at transfer stations.
  • Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult on bus or rail.
  • Please click here for complete fare information.
  • Avoid long return lines at TAP Vending Machines by loading your TAP card in advance.

If you’re looking to park and ride, you can park at Union Station for $8, or for free at many stations along the Gold Line, including Sierra Madre Villa Station in eastern Pasadena and the new Gold Line stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa. Parking is available first-come, first-served. At 900 spaces, Sierra Madre Villa has the largest parking structure and is a short train ride to Memorial Park.

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    • Hi Saul;

      You would take the Gold Line light rail to Memorial Park Station in Pasadena and then can transfer to the $5 shuttle to the Rose Bowl. Or walk there — it takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  1. I tried to take the Gold Line to downtown on Sunday, but the 30 minute wait for a train was a bit much.