USC-UCLA Match-Up Security Increased
The police and security presence will be increased
significantly for Saturday’s UCLA-USC football game at the Los Angeles Memorial
Coliseum, according to the athletic directors for both schools.
Staffs from the two schools are “coordinating efforts with local, state
and federal agencies, among others, to minimize any safety concerns on game
day,’ USC athletic director Pat Haden and UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero
wrote in a joint letter.
“You will notice increased staffing presence and bike patrols to go
along with a host of enhancements behind the scenes,’ Haden and Guerrero
The Coliseum’s standard tailgating policy of only one parking space per
car and no amplified sound will be strictly enforced, the letter said.
Haden and Guerrero reminded fans that if they have any questions or see
anything of concern to notify the closest staff member, call the Fan Behavior
Hotline at (213) 765-5291 or text COLISEUM and the issue and location to 69050.
There were 20 arrests at the 2012 UCLA-USC game, which was played at the
Rose Bowl, 15 for suspicion of being drunk in public and four for suspicion
of going onto the field after the game, Pasadena Police Lt. Bruce George said
at the time.
The other arrest was made on suspicion of violating Pasadena’s municipal
code, which George said he believed was for scalping tickets.
George called the arrest total less than “the last three or four’ UCLA-
USC games at the Rose Bowl.
In 2011 when the game was last played at the Coliseum, there were three
arrests, two on suspicion of public drunkenness and fighting and one for what
police described as an argument between a man and his wife, Los Angeles Police
Department Sgt. Al Labrada told City News Service.
Haden and Guerrero also called for fans to display sportsmanship.
“Sportsmanship is every bit as important off the field as on,’ the two
athletic directors wrote. “Respecting those around you demonstrates respect
for yourself and your university.’
USC Sustainability will distribute recycling bags to tailgaters as part
of the university’s efforts to divert waste from landfills. Aluminum, glass and
plastic beverage containers can be recycled in the bags. Zero Waste Tailgate
volunteers and Los Angeles Conservation Corps members will collect filled bags
and dispose of them in the appropriate place.
A toy drive will be held for children in need. New unwrapped toys can be
left in bins outside the Coliseum before the opening kickoff.
Fans will have the opportunity to take pictures with the Heisman Trophy
at the Fan Fest outside the Coliseum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Matt Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner, will participate in a
“chalk talk’ session with ESPN anchor Neil Everett from 3-3:30 p.m. and sign
autographs from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
A second former USC quarterback, Rodney Peete, the runner-up in the
voting for the 1988 Heisman Trophy, will participate in a chalk talk session
with Everett from 1-1:30 p.m. and sign autographs from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
The game is a near-sellout with a limited number of tickets available,
sports information director Tim Tessalone said.
The opening kickoff will come shortly after 5 p.m. The stadium gates
will open at 3 p.m. The first 50,000 fans will receive a pom-pom.
Mayor Eric Garcetti will toss the coin that determines which team will
receive the opening kickoff.
The stakes in the final regular-season game for both UCLA (8-3, 5-3 in
Pacific-12 Conference play) and USC (9-3, 6-2) include a better bowl berth and
Trojans interim coach Ed Orgeron bolstering his chances of getting the position
on a permanent basis.
USC is 6-1 since Orgeron was appointed to replace the fired Lane Kiffin
on Sept. 29, including victories in each of its last five games.
The Bruins were 38-28 winners in last year’s game, ending USC’s five-
game winning streak in the series. UCLA has lost its last seven games at the
Coliseum, with its most recent win there coming in 1997.
The Bruins last recorded back-to-back victories over the Trojans in 1997
and 1998 when they completed an eight-game winning streak against their cross-
town rival, the longest streak by either team in the series that began in 1929.
USC leads the series, 46-29-7, although its victories in 2004 and 2005
were later vacated due to NCAA penalty.
UCLA is ranked 22nd in The Associated Press poll, one spot ahead of the
The winning team will be awarded the Victory Bell, a 295-pound bell
originally hung atop a Southern Pacific freight locomotive.
The bell was given to the UCLA Alumni Association in 1939. In 1941, it
was taken by a group of USC students.
A year later, the student body presidents of both schools signed an
agreement providing that the winner of the football game would keep possession
for the next year, a tradition that has continued.