UCLA and USC games face scorching heat and relaxed water policies


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The UCLA and USC football programs kick off their 2022 seasons on Saturday, with the Bruins hosting Bowling Green at the Rose Bowl and No. 14 USC hosting Rice.

While most would think the weather in Los Angeles would be great for football, Southern California isn’t cooperating.

UCLA coach Chip Kelly during the Pac-12 Football Media Day on July 29, 2022 at the Novo Theater in Los Angeles.
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The temperature at the start of the UCLA game was around 100 degrees. And it’s not supposed to get much cooler for USC, with high 90s expected at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the 3:00 p.m. PT kickoff between USC and Rice.

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Both stadiums are changing their matchday policies to help fans escape excessive heat.

Fans attending UCLA’s game at the Rose Bowl will be allowed to bring up to 32 ounces of factory-sealed water bottles, and “Water Monster” stations will be placed around the stadium to keep fans hydrated, according to a report from CBS Los Angeles.

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The Rose Bowl will also have “Liquid IV” samples two doors down from the stadium.

USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams returns to pass during the USC Trojans spring game on April 23, 2022, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams returns to pass during the USC Trojans spring game on April 23, 2022, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
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“It’s going to be really hot in here. It’s an early game,” said Jens Weiden, CEO and general manager of the Rose Bowl Operating Company, according to Pasadena NOW. “We are going to have cooling buses and misters. We allow people to bring water to the event.

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“We do everything we can to make the experience as pleasant as possible. But Pasadena is known for its weather on January 1, not so much for its weather on September 1.”

The flame burns from the Olympic Cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 25, 2022 in Los Angeles.

The flame burns from the Olympic Cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 25, 2022 in Los Angeles.
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At the Los Angeles Coliseum, fans will be allowed to bring unlimited 20-ounce water bottles while free water cups will be offered at concession stands. Cooling fans will be placed at all entrances.

UCLA is entering its fifth year under head coach Chip Kelly and will look to improve on an 8-4 campaign in 2021. USC is kicking off the Lincoln Riley era in Los Angeles with renewed energy and a Heisman Black Horse quarterback Caleb Williams.


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