Soccer Fans Encouraged To Arrive Early At Rose Bowl For Sold-Out Matchup

PASADENA (CNS) - Stadium officials are encouraging fans to arrive at the Rose Bowl before 5 p.m. for today's sold-out FC Barcelona-Los Angeles Galaxy game and early-goers and car poolers will be rewarded with a cheaper parking price.

Fans arriving before 5 p.m. will be charged $15 to park, while those arriving after 5 p.m. will pay $30. The parking price for cars with four or more people is $15.

ADDITIONAL: More traffic information can be found at the Rose Bowl website here.

Fans are advised not to rely on their vehicles' GPS system for directions into or out of the Rose Bowl area. Temporary road closures for some streets will be in effect, along with temporary no parking areas.

The stadium lots will open at 2 p.m., coinciding with the beginning of a Fanfest, which will include food, beverages, interactive games and music. Tailgating will be permitted.

Adjacent off-site parking will be available in the Parsons Engineering parking lot on Fair Oaks Avenue and Walnut Street and surrounding lots throughout Old Pasadena. Free shuttle bus service from Parsons Engineering will run before, during and after the game, beginning at 3 p.m.

A crowd of nearly 90,000 is expected for the 8 p.m. International Champions Cup game pitting the Major League Soccer champion Galaxy against the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey champions.

Both teams will be missing key players. FC Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi, the three-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or as the world's best male player, the Brazilian forward Neymar and right back Dani Alves.

They were all excused from FC Barcelona's four-game U.S. tour because they played in the recent Copa America.

The Galaxy will be without goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, forwards Alan Gordon and Gyasi Zardes and defender Omar Gonzalez, who are playing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The International Champions Cup is a 10-team tournament with three MLS teams, Mexico's Club America and six European teams.

With the MLS teams in the midst of busy schedules -- tonight's game is the fourth in 11 days for the Galaxy -- and the non-MLS teams preparing for the starts of their seasons, the usual three-substitute limit has been increased to 11. Most of the top players on both teams expected to only play the first half.
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