Rose Bowl tailgating parties face new restrictions
Alcohol consumption is now prohibited in all tailgating sections after kickoff, and the parking lots will open to the public only six hours before kickoff. Under the previous rules, fans could pull in as much as eight hours before the game, the Pasadena Sun reported.
Other new rules ban loud music, music with inappropriate language and drinking out of glass containers.
Pasadena police and Rose Bowl officials drew up the new rules after two men were stabbed outside the stadium before last year's UCLA-USC game, said Rose Bowl spokesman Charles Thompson Jr.
"People would come out 10 hours before [the game] thinking they could get in. People would come out who had no tickets. People would come and make it one big party all day long," Thompson said.
The parking lots will be patrolled by Pasadena police and by green-clad "tailgating ambassadors" working for Contemporary Services Corp., which has provided security at the Rose Bowl for 40 years.
Pasadena Police Lt. Bruce George said police arrest an average of nine people at each Rose Bowl game. Of those, six are typically arrested for being drunk in public, and three are arrested for scalping tickets.
Violence among fans at athletic events has generated growing concern. A beating incident at Dodger Stadium on opening day and a series of brawls at a San Francisco 49ers-Oakland Raiders game last week spurred Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) to call for legislation beefing up security at sporting events.
"There are many things worth fighting for," Gatto said in a statement. "The fact that someone wore a rival sports franchise's jersey to a game isn't one of them."
-- Ana Facio-Krajcer, Times Community News
Photo: An entrance to the Rose Bowl. Credit: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Times Community News