You may not have tickets to Saturday's big USC-UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl, but if you're interested in soaking up some cross-town rivalry or basking in college nostalgia, you're not necessarily out of luck.
Those who want to listen to bands, watch cheerleaders and haul out the old tailgate brunch can do all that--without tickets--outside the Rose Bowl this Saturday, if they're willing to mingle with the other 100,000 or so fans who will be sticking around to watch the game, said Rick Purdy, associate athletic director at UCLA.
"For this game, people will probably start arriving about dawn," Purdy said.
Even if you're not an alumnus, you can spread out a picnic on the soccer field just south of the Rose Bowl, where UCLA will sponsor a pregame rally at about 9:30 a.m. with music from the school band and some cheerleading performances, Purdy said.
If you're a USC fan and wouldn't be caught dead in the UCLA camp, you can always
mingle, hum the fight song and break out the picnic.
"The tailgating is quite a spectacle in itself, what with fans from both schools all wearing the colors," said Rob Asghar of the USC News Service.