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Crackdown on unruly Rose Bowl tailgaters off to smooth start

September 11, 2011 | 10:15 am

New tailgating rules

Tailgating season at the Rose Bowl got off to a mellow start Saturday as football fans who came out early for the San Jose State-UCLA game honored strict new rules on pregame partying.

About 100 Pasadena police officers, 50 volunteer Police Explorers and 30 L.A. Department of Transportation officers joined private security staff patrolling outside and inside the Rose Bowl.

Hours before the game, a number of UCLA fans said they either appreciated or hadn't noticed new layers of security added since violence, including the stabbing of two men, erupted before the USC-UCLA game in December, according to the Pasadena Sun.


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-- Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

Photo: Tailgaters gather before the San Jose State-UCLA game Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News