USC-UCLA football game 2012: Everything you need to know for a hassle-free day

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Saturday marks the return of Southern California's epic college football rivalry: The UCLA-USC game, which will draw about 90,000 people to the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is at 12:05 p.m. and will air on Fox.

If you're planning on attending, we've got you covered.

How to get there: The Rose Bowl suggests the routes below for fans. When possible, carpool, use the shuttle or take public transportation.

From Downtown Los Angeles: Take the 110 Freeway North to the I-5 North. Then, take the 2 Freeway North, then the 210 Freeway East. Take the Berkshire/Oak Grove, Arroyo Boulevard/Windsor or Lincoln Avenue/Washington Boulevard exit. Follow signs to the Rose Bowl.

From the West: Take the 134 Freeway East and exit Linda Vista/San Rafael. Take a right on San Rafael Avenue, a left on Colorado and stay right on Linda Vista Ave. Make a right on Salvia Canyon and you’ll reach the parking lots. 

From North/San Fernando/Simi Valley: Take the 210 Freeway East. Take one of these exits: Berkshire/Oak Grove, Arroyo Boulevard/Windsor, Lincoln Avenue/Washington Boulevard. Follow signs to the Rose Bowl.

From San Gabriel Valley, San Bernardino, Orange County, Inland Empire, and the East: Take the 210 Freeway West and stay right toward San Fernando. Take one of these exits: Mountain Avenue/Seco Street, Lincoln Avenue, or Arroyo Boulevard/Windsor Avenue. Follow signs to the Rose Bowl.

Parking. Parking is a challenge at Pasadena's Rose Bowl. Key rules: Get there early. Bring cash. 

Rose Bowl Parking

Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau

Brookside Golf Course (1133 N. Rosemont Ave.). The lot opens six hours prior to the game. It costs $20 per car and spots are only sold on game day. The parking lot closes 90 minutes after the game.

West drive. For RVs and limos, it costs $50 to park there.

Parking for the disabled. There are spaces located at different places at the Rose Bowl.

Parsons Engineering (100 W Walnut St.). It costs $12 to park here and you’ll be able to get on a free shuttle that will take you to the Rose Bowl. The shuttle starts at around 9 a.m. and ends 90 minutes after the game.

Here's a map of the shuttle’s location in relation to the Rose Bowl:

Public Transportation. This may be a better alternative to fighting traffic and other fans for that precious parking space. Fans can take the Metro Gold Line to the Memorial Station stop. The Metro drops fans off two blocks away from a free shuttle stop near Parsons Engineering, located on the corner of De Lacey Avenue and Union Street. (Here's a map of the Gold Line.)

What you can bring. And what you can't. The Rose Bowl has its own strict rules about what you can bring, how you can tailgate, and what will get you booted out of the parking lot and the stadium. Given how much you paid for those tickets, you'll want to familiarize yourself with these Rose Bowl rules:

Tailgating. Fans can place a small tent (10 feet by 10 feet or less) in front or behind their car. A 10-foot space must be between each tailgate gathering to make room for police, fire, maintenance and security officials to pass through. Grilling is allowed, as long as it doesn't involve open flames. Grills must be raised off the ground.

Tailgating is available at the Rose Bowl's general parking lots.

Can you drink? The Rose Bowl allows fans to consume alcohol at tailgate parties until kickoff. Fans should use paper or plastic cups and are prohibited from engaging in drinking games. Bringing a DJ and  playing music with "inappropriate language" isn't allowed either.

More on tailgating at the Rose Bowl.

Prohibited items inside the Rose Bowl. Backpacks, SLR cameras, skateboards, glass containers and coolers. All fruits need to be sliced. A more comprehensive list can be found here

Where to get tickets. You don't seriously think you can get tickets now, do you?

Can't attend the game? You can watch/listen to it live at these channels.

Television: FOX

Radio: AM570 FOX Sports LA in the Los Angeles area

SIRIUS (138)/XM (205) nationally

Hungry? Below are top ranked restaurants in Old Pasadena, Glendale, and Eagle Rock, according to Yelp reviews. Information is based on Saturday hours. There's also a happy hour list.

Old Pasadena:

Dog Haus (93 E Green St.). It serves sausages and alcohol.

Phone: 626-683-0808

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Racion (119 W. Green St.). It’s a tapas restaurant.

Phone: 626-396-3090

Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dinner: 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

Green Street Tavern (69 W Green St.).

Phone: 626-229-9961

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant (110 East Union St.). It serves Afghan food.

Phone: 626-683-3310

Hours: 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Café Linda’s (34 East Holly St.). It serves Thai food.

Phone: 626-584-0712

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Dinner: 5-11 p.m.

Himalayan Café (36 S Fair Oaks Ave).

Phone: 626-564-1560

Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Glendale:

Mini Kabob (313 Vine St.)

Phone: 818-244-1343

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sushi Nishi-ya (1712 Victory Blvd.)

Phone: 818-244-2933

Hours: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 

Victoria’s Tacos and Grill (4204 San Fernando Rd.)

Phone: 818-246-1148

Hours: 8 a.m.-2 a.m.

Eagle Rock: 

Classic Thai Restaurant (1708 Colorado Blvd.).

Phone: 323-478-0530

Lunch: 12-3 p.m.

Dinner: 4-10 p.m.

Café Beaujolais (1712 Colorado Blvd.).

Phone: 323-255-5111

Opens at 5 p.m.

Masacasa (1757 Colorado Blvd.) It serves Japanese food.

Phone: 323-254-2000

Lunch: 12-2:30 p.m.

Dinner: 5-9 p.m.

It might rain on Saturday. Bring a hat to protect yourself from rain because umbrellas aren't allowed inside the Rose Bowl.

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