26 years later, Bob Gould remembers his first trip to the Rose Bowl well.
"All of the fans that went down there and being part of that electricity. It was an experience I'll never forget," he said.
Now a Journalism professor at Michigan State, Gould still bleeds green and is taking his family of four back to Pasadena, but not without hitting some pricey roadblocks, while searching for flights.
"Over $4,000 just to fly out there," he said. "I thought there's no way I could afford that, it's just ridiculous."
Getting creative, Gould saw flights from Milwaukee to Las Vegas cut his travel costs by more than half. His new plan is to drive to Wisconsin, catch a flight to Vegas and drive the rest of the way.
Scott Westerman, the Executive Director for the MSU Alumni Association, says fans are looking for any way to get to California. 3,000 alumni tour packages sold out in less than 12 hours, Sunday, and requests for the school's allotment of 25,000 tickets are coming in fast.
"By this morning, we'd sold over half of them," said Westerman.
Expecting to fill the allotment soon, he says fans should also snatch up tickets when the Rose Bowl starts selling them, Tuesday.
"If you can get them through Ticketmaster in LA, you're not going to have any problem unloading them if you get them through Michigan State University (anyway)," he said.
Season ticket holders can request tickets through MSU through Wednesday at 6 p.m. If tickets are left, the rest of the public can buy them on the 13th.