From the Space Shuttle Endeavour and Battleship USS Iowa to new cultural attractions and the New Tom Bradley International Terminal, there are plenty of items to add to your Los Angeles bucket list this year. For a glimpse into the future of Los Angeles, here's a sneak peek at what's coming up in 2014.
The Tournament of Roses in Pasadena has been America’s New Year Celebration for more than a century, highlighted by the spectacular Rose Parade and “the Grandaddy of Them All,” the Rose Bowl Game. Beginning with the BCS Selection Sunday Party, to the pre-bowl game tradition of Lawry’s Beef Bowl, and on New Year’s Day, the Rose Parade and then the college football classic, the Tournament of Roses is a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere in the world.
The 2014 Rose Bowl is the site of the BCS National Championship Game, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. On Jan. 6, 2014, the top two college football teams in the country will face each other to determine the NCAA national champion, a title game that will take place for the final time before a new, four-team playoff format begins in 2015.
The Broad | Rendering by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Los Angeles welcomes a spectacular new public museum of contemporary art in early 2014, when The Broad opens on Grand Avenue in Downtown. The stunning design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro creates a 120,000 square-foot, three-level facility, and includes 50,000 square feet of gallery space on two floors, a lecture hall for up to 200 people, a public lobby with display space, and a museum shop. The museum’s exhibition programming focuses on the contents of the renowned contemporary art collections of Eli and Edythe Broad, encompassing 2,000 artworks by more than 200 artists and unparalleled, in-depth groupings of works by select artists such as Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat and many others. The Broad is the latest addition to a world class cultural center that includes the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Museum of Neon Art (MONA) has closed its Downtown location to prepare for its move to a larger location on Brand Boulevard, opening in early 2014 across from the Americana at Brand in Glendale. Designed by the Shimoda Design Group, the 10,000-square-foot museum houses a permanent collection of more than 50 vintage neon signs, rotating exhibition spaces and a neon fabricating facility, as well as a café and gift shop. MONA’s new permanent home is intended to fulfill the Museum’s mission of "preserving, collecting, exhibiting and interpreting neon art" under one roof. The new MONA museum serves as the arts anchor for Glendale's new Cultural Arts District. The building's focal point is a dynamic glass light box, and perched atop it is a Diver neon sign that’s destined to become a Glendale landmark.
The Metro Gold Line, which provides rail transportation from Downtown to East Los Angeles as well as Pasadena, will be extended farther east. The Foothill Extension Phase 2A is an 11.5-mile extension with six stations in the cities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa. Ground was broken in June 2010, and completion is scheduled for 2014. Phase 2B will take the Gold Line to Montclair, and Phase 2C will go to Ontario by approximately 2021.