UCLA will run out onto Spieker Field at the Rose Bowl ranked No. 13 nationally on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. for the third and final season-opening homestand game when the Bruins face Fresno State. The last time UCLA played a game while ranked at No. 13 or higher was in 2015.
UCLA owns a 6-3 advantage in the previous matchups, but the Bulldogs have won the last three games, two of which were in the Rose Bowl. The last Bruin series win came in 2000.
According to Rose Bowl General Manager Darry Dunn, the stadium and UCLA will be promoting the face-covering requirements for fans on Saturday after the television broadcast of the Bruins bout with LSU on Sept. 4 showed an apparent disregard by the stadium audience for a local health order requiring masks be worn at “mega events.”
“Bizarre that there are ZERO mentions of this while half the people inside the Rose Bowl wear no masks,” wrote Matt Dingman on Twitter during the LSU game. in response to the city’s policy. “No announcements, nothing on the video board. Ridiculous.”
Dunn said on Saturday, UCLA and the Rose Bowl will handle the situation differently.
“Both guests holding tickets and the general public at large will see messaging throughout game week to inform them of this policy,” Dunn said.
Honorary Captain for the game is Donovan Carter, a consistent force along the Bruin defensive front in 2011 and 2012. Carter now has a successful acting career, including a starring role as Vernon Littlefield on the HBO hit show “Ballers.”
The UCLA Football team will arrive at the Rose Bowl via Arroyo Blvd at 5:15 pm outside Gate A. UCLA encourages to cheer on the Bruins along the west side of Arroyo.
The Rose Bowl gates open at 6:15 pm. Fans should be seated by 7:15 pm to watch pregame festivities, including the National Anthem performed by the UCLA Marching Band celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and UCLA’s Hispanic student-athletes.