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PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — To avoid delays, Rose Bowl officials are encouraging fans Friday to plan on arriving early to the USC—UCLA football game on Saturday.

Authorities are recommending fans arrive at the stadium at 9 a.m. before the 12 p.m. kickoff.

Carpooling, taking a shuttle bus and using public transportation is also recommended as 90,000 are expected.

Marketing and communications consultant for the Rose Bowl, Lauren Mirson, said having four people in a car instead of three will reduce up to 8,000 vehicles on the road.

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Consuming alcohol in the parking lots after kickoff is not permitted, and Pasadena Police Department said officers are prepared to cite any person drinking in the lots after the game starts.

General parking is available for $20 per car on the Brookside Golf Course, just north of the Rose Bowl Stadium.

The Pasadena Police Department and Rose Bowl Stadium officials strongly recommended that patrons without parking passes enter the available parking lots from north of the Rose Bowl Stadium as follows:

From Downtown Los Angeles via the 110 Freeway

Take the 110 North; then take I-5 North to Sacramento; then take the 2 North to Glendale; the 210 East to Pasadena; exit at any of the three exits: Berkshire/Oak Grove, Arroyo Blvd/Windsor or Lincoln Ave/Washington Blvd. Follow the “Rose Bowl” signs or as directed by traffic control personnel.

From the West via the 101/134 Freeway

Take the 134 East towards Pasadena; then take the 2 north; to the 210 East to Pasadena; exit at any of the three exits: Berkshire/Oak Grove, Arroyo Blvd/Windsor or Lincoln Ave/Washington Blvd. Follow the “Rose Bowl” signs or as directed by traffic control personnel.

From the North/San Fernando/Simi Valley

Take the 210 towards Pasadena; exit at any of the three exits: Berkshire/Oak Grove, Arroyo Blvd/Windsor or Lincoln Ave/Washington Blvd. Follow the “Rose Bowl” signs or as directed by traffic control personnel.

From the East, San Gabriel Valley, Inland Empire, San Bernardino or Orange County via the 210 Freeway

Take the 210 West to Pasadena; continue 210 West towards San Fernando; exit any of the three exits: Mountain Ave/Seco St, Lincoln Ave or Arroyo Blvd/Windsor Ave. Follow the “Rose Bowl” signs or as directed by traffic control personnel.

All parking lots, which open at 6 a.m., will close 90 minutes after the end of the game.

UCLA Bruins (8-2) and USC Trojans (7-3) are both ranked in the AP Top 25 before Saturday’s game. UCLA is No. 17 and USC is ranked No. 21.

The last time the cross-town rivals played at the Rose Bowl was in 2010 when two people were stabbed before the game in a fight outside the stadium. Officers believe the rivalry and alcohol were major factors.

Bruins’ head coach Jim Mora left a message on YouTube Wednesday asking fans to “to let the rivalry play itself out on the field, and not in the stands, and not in the parking lot.”

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