Its amazing how often you can read the skyscrapercity forums and see how much the Europeans bag American stadiums, be it for the retractable roofs, domes or bowls like the Rose Bowl. Often becuase they aren't their precious soccer stadiums.
Personally, I love the look of the Rose Bowl. A traditional form of stadium in a modern society.
it think it's cos theres no real "design" to big bowl stadia..but i like them cos they have a sense of colosseum about them
For me the Rose Bowl is unique in that it is circular but plays host to a rectangular based sport...a remarkable architectural feat for when it was probably constructed...and the stadium is instantly recognisable throughout the world.
A classic case of why you need not have the most fanciest design...but a stadium that is recognisable, has bucketloads of history attached to it, and a design that is unique to that stadium and that stadium only...
I think the Best Stadiums in the world have all of the above criteria...and Rose Bowl is definately one of those