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Game Week: What You Need to Know for Saturday’s Rose Bowl Game

Dec 27, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – The 11th-ranked Utah Utes will make history on Saturday when they battle the 6th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the school's first appearance in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X in Pasadena, Calif. The 108th Rose Bowl Game is Utah's third New Year's Six bowl game, following appearances in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and 2009 Sugar Bowl.
Seventeenth-year head coach Kyle Whittingham, the 2021 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, will lead the Utes into the Rose Bowl after winning the program's first Pac-12 championship on Dec. 3 with a 38-10 win over Oregon at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The 2021 Utes (10-3; 8-1 Pac-12) have not only made history in multiple ways this season—including their first Pac-12 Championship—but have captured the hearts of Utah fans and the larger sports world with their story of triumph over tragedy. Among many significant awards earned, Utah was named the recipient of the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
Ticket demand for the Rose Bowl Game from Utah fans has been strong, with the Utah Ticket Office selling more than 32,000 game tickets through its office, a number expected to be nearly matched by purchases from Utah fans from the Rose Bowl Game and other outlets, creating the expectation that the stadium will be heavily populated by Utes fans on game day.
Stadium gates open at 11:30 a.m. PT. Fans are encouraged to enter the stadium early to avoid longer lines and to experience the Rose Bowl Game pregame entertainment, which begins at 1 p.m. PT. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. on ESPN.
Utah fans can get behind-the-scenes views and live updates during the week and on game day via social media by following the Utes on Twitter (@Utah_Football and @UtahAthletics) and Instagram (@UtahFootball and @UtahAthletics). Fans can also search #GoUtes and #UBoyz on social media for conversations about Utah Football. The Utes arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday night and begin practice and events on Monday, Dec. 27.
The official smartphone app of the 108th Rose Bowl game can be found in the Apple App Store or through Google Play. The app contains up-to-the-minute updates on game-related information to help fans ensure a successful and enjoyable game-week and game-day experience.
All game tickets for the 108th Rose Bowl Game will be digital. Just as they have done throughout the 2021 home season at Rice-Eccles Stadium, those who purchased Rose Bowl tickets are encouraged to download their digital game tickets to the wallet on their smartphone before leaving for the stadium. Fans have been emailed information from either The Rose Bowl Game or the Utah Tickets Office regarding digital ticketing and related information. For more information, including local public health policies, please click here.
Just as Utes fans are accustomed to at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the Rose Bowl Game utilizes a clear bag policy. For more information, please visit the Rose Bowl Game website.

The Pasadena Public Health Department's health and safety protocols will be in effect for fans attending the Rose Bowl Game. Proof of vaccination from COVID-19 or a negative test result within 72 hours of the game are required for entry to the stadium. For more information please consult the Rose Bowl Game website.
Fans attending the game are encouraged to download the CLEAR app and upload their vaccination card to help expedite entry to the stadium on game day. Information about that process, and other travel-related services from CLEAR, including a free two-month trial of its full suite of services, is available through the app.
Fans may visit for a variety of information related to events in Los Angeles and Pasadena, including the pregame tailgate presented by U Alumni. In addition, U Alumni has created a dedicated website destination to help fans stay up-to-date on events and gatherings surrounding the Rose Bowl.
The U and the Rose Bowl Game are taking part in a community engagement challenge centered around the Rose Bowl. U students, faculty, staff, alumni, fans and community members are challenged to give something back to the host city of Pasadena. Funds raised from the challenge will benefit the Pasadena nonprofit, Friends In Deed. Friends In Deed is an award-winning, transparent and impactful organization that provides supportive services to meet basic human needs and assist people in rebuilding their lives. All funds raised through the challenge will be collected by and go to benefit Friends In Deed. Learn more here.