The Super Bowl XIV pregame tailgate parties were limited. About 8,000 parking spaces were closed because of recent rain.
This photo, by Los Angeles Times staff photographer Ken Hively, accompanied a story about off-the-field activities at the Super Bowl by writer Alan Maltun:
The game outside the Rose Bowl was almost as breathtaking as the one that followed inside Sunday. The object was to get all the fans, including a number who had their tickets stolen, inside the stadium before the kickoff.
Virtually all the crowd of more than 103,000 made it, but not without a lot of shoving and crowding shortly before game time.
And starting in the early morning hours, there was a general air of festivity — often lubricated by strong drink — among the early arrivals. ...
Maitun reported that some 200 tickets were stolen, 17 people were treated for injuries, 115 arrests were made, $5,000 of illegal souvenirs were confiscated, and a boxful of wallets — most apparently discarded by pickpockets — awaited return to owners.
And, oh yes, on the field, the Steelers won 31-19.
This post was originally published on Jan. 21, 2011.