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UCLA vs USC: What you need to know before you go to the big game

The USC Trojans battle the UCLA Bruins in their annual football game, on November 28, 2015.
The USC Trojans battle the UCLA Bruins in their annual football game, on November 28, 2015.
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Crosstown rivals UCLA and USC go head to head in their annual football game at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

Planning on attending? Here's what you need to know to make sure you get into your seat before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Tens of thousands of fans are expected and security will play a big role in the game — both before and and after. The big message from the Pasadena Police Department? Plan ahead!

1. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the Rose Bowl. If you're driving, expect traffic on your way there. Expect more traffic when you park. You can pre-purchase parking passes online from ParkJockey.

2. Prefer public transit? Take the Gold Line to the Memorial Park Station stop, walk two blocks and catch a free shuttle to the stadium.

3. Don't arrive too early! Parking lots don't open until 1:30 p.m. for tailgating. That gives you six hours to grill your tacos, burgers and dogs while drinking the libations of your choosing.

4. When you're tailgating, remember that drinking games and mass consumption aren't permitted before or during the event. After kickoff, alcohol consumption is forbidden in the parking lots. Anyone who's still hanging around a parking lot and drinking during the game can be cited. 

5. EVERYONE should expect long lines to get through stadium security.

5. Ditch the backpacks, purses and tote bags. The Rose Bowl only allows clear bags in the stadium. Other items prohibited inside the stadium include coolers, banners, noisemakers, drones, unsliced fruits or vegetables, beverage containers larger than 17 oz. and animals. Get more details about the bag policy and prohibited items here.

After all that, try to have a little fun.