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Five people were arrested at StubHub Center as of 5 p.m. Sunday as the Raiders played in the Los Angeles area for the first time since returning to Oakland following the 1994 season.

Four of the arrests were for suspicion of selling counterfeit NFL apparel and the other for suspicion of assault, sheriff’s Capt. Jason Skeen told City News Service.

The sheriff’s department received “a few more calls” than average for the previous nine Los Angeles Chargers games played in Carson, Skeen said.

Fans began showing around 5:30 a.m. for the 1:25 p.m. game, Skeen said, one example of Raider fans eagerness for the game against the rival dating back to the 1960s when both teams were members of the American Football League.

Deputies began being deployed to StubHub Center between 6-7 a.m., Skeen said. The team of deputies that deals with traffic in the parking lot was sent to the stadium an hour earlier than usual “just in case we needed to utilize them,” Skeen said.

Gates to the parking lots were opened around 8:30 a.m., about a half- hour early “only because there was such a demand,” Skeen said.

Skeen said he was pleased with how things went.

“We considered it a successful day,” Skeen said.

–City News Service

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