As the Garfield and Roosevelt high school football teams prepare for tonight’s annual East L.A. Classic at East Los Angeles College, there is talk about moving one of the region’s most popular high school football matches to the Rose Bowl. EGP News reports that officials from Roosevelt High, located in Boyle Heights, and Garfield High of East Los Angeles have grown increasingly unhappy over the fees charged to use the college’s 20,000-seat stadium as well as the lack of revenue from food concessions and parking. EGP said the principals of both schools hinted at a possible new home for the East L.A. Classic during Wednesday’s pre-game press conference:
“We’re having discussions with the Rose Bowl,” Garfield Principal Jose Huerta said. “They would love to have us and we want to see what they have to offer.”
“The game belongs here, but if there’s another stadium that is more viable for us, then we should consider it,” Roosevelt Principal Sofia Freire said.
It would not be the first move for The East L.A. Classic, which serves the homecoming game for both schools. After being played at East L.A. College for several decades, the game was moved to the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2000 before returning to the college, EGP said. While it might seem out of place to hold the East L.A. Classic in Pasadena, the current game is actually held in Monterey Park, which annexed East Los Angeles College in the early 1970s.