The Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Photo by John Schreiber
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Photo by John Schreiber

Pasadena Police are strongly advising fans to arrive at the Rose Bowl no later than 5 p.m. for Thursday night’s Mexico-Jamaica Copa America Centenario men’s soccer game because of expected congested freeways and traffic on streets surrounding the stadium.

Fans should immediately proceed to stadium gates due to heightened security measures and plan for additional wait times at gates due to an increased patron and bag screening process.

The Rose Bowl is a clear bag venue, requiring 12-inch by 6-inch by 12- inch clear bags for entry. Clutch-size bags no larger than 4.25 inches by 6.25 inches will be allowed in even if they are not clear.

The stadium’s parking lots will open at 3 p.m. and stadium gates at 4:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game. A fan fest which will include food and music will begin at 3 p.m.

General parking in Brookside Park and on the Brookside Golf Club course is $40. Preferred parking in the Rose Bowl’s Lot H is $60.

Alternate transportation is strongly recommended due to limited parking in the Rose Bowl area, including using the Metro Gold Line. Carpooling is encouraged, with a $10 meal voucher provided to vehicles with four or more passengers, while supplies last.

Round-trip shuttle service will be provided from Parsons Engineering at 100 W. Walnut St. for $5. Shuttle service will begin three hours before the game and end one hour afterward.

The Metro Gold Line’s Memorial Park Station is two blocks east of Parsons Engineering.

Tournament organizers are urging fans to refrain from using abusive, sexist, racial, obscene and disruptive language or behavior. Fans feeling offended or intimidated can approach a stadium representative and may be relocated on a case-by-case basis.

A crowd of more than 80,000 is expected, according to William H. Boyer, Pasadena’s public information officer.

—City News Service

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