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Increased Rose Bowl security planned for USC-UCLA game

November 14, 2012 | 12:08 pm

USC senior David Fine keeps watch over a tightly-wrapped Tommy Trojan Tuesday; In a measure to prevent vandalism, a black wooden box covers the statue of the UCLA Bruin at the Westwood campus Tuesday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Two years after two men were stabbed during a brawl in a Rose Bowl parking lot, officials said extra security would be on hand for Saturday's USC-UCLA match-up.

The annual rivalry game, which kicks off at noon Saturday, will be the first time the teams will have faced off at the Rose Bowl since the 2010 fight. Last year's game was played at the Coliseum.

Ninety thousand people are expected to attend the game Saturday, Rose Bowl officials said on the stadium's website, and "increased security will be noticeable" both inside the stadium and in parking lots.

Federal, state and local safety officials will be at the stadium, a Rose Bowl statement said.

"The Rose Bowl stadium and UCLA Athletics are committed to serving its fans by providing a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience in and around the stadium on game day," the statement read.

Additional details of what can and can't be done at the stadium or its parking lots can be found in the Southern California Fan Code of Conduct, posted online.

The increased security comes after a 50- to 75-person brawl broke out at the stadium before the 2010 game. Witnesses said the fight broke out after a group of tailgaters threw a football that accidentally hit a vehicle belonging to another group of partying fans.

In an open letter addressed to USC and UCLA, administrators at both universities reminded students to keep the game a "safe, respectful and fun experience for everyone."

"We ask that Bruins and Trojans alike make a commitment to displaying the very best of the UCLA and USC spirit," read the letter, which was published in the Daily Trojan.

"Please remember that while you alone are responsible for your actions, you can set a positive example for others. Sportsmanship is every bit as important on the field as off."

Officials also warned that traffic around the stadium would likely be a mess, and urged fans to carpool and take public transportation.


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Photos: USC senior David Fine keeps watch over a tightly wrapped Tommy Trojan on Tuesday; in an effort to prevent vandalism, a fence surrounds the statue of the UCLA Bruin at the Westwood campus Tuesday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times