SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Although organizers expect Qualcomm Stadium to be less than half-full, fans are being encouraged to take public transportation or if they do drive, to arrive two or three hours before the Poinsettia Bowl game between Louisiana Tech and Texas Christian kicks off.
The stadium's 14,000-space parking lot is expected to be filled two hours before the 5 p.m. start because of numerous tailgate parties and the halftime show fireworks.
Green Line trolley trains will run every eight minutes from the Old Town Transit Center to Santee from 12:45 p.m. to about 10:10 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Transit System.
A crowd of about 30,000 is expected, according to Mark Neville, the Poinsettia Bowl's associate executive director of the San Diego Bowl Game Association.
Texas Christian sold out its allotment of 3,000 tickets, while Louisiana Tech came close, Neville said. Congestion on the freeways and transit system should be much less than last year, when nearly 50,000 fans attended the game between San Diego State and Navy which was played just days after the field and parking lot were flooded by the rain-swollen San Diego River.
This year's game matches two conference champions with seven-game winning streaks.
Louisiana Tech, 8-4, the Western Athletic Conference champion, is in the midst of its longest winning streak since a 10-game streak in 1974.
Two of the Bulldogs' losses came by a total of three points - a 19-17 loss to Southern Mississippi in their season opener and 35-34 to Houston Sept. 17 - while a third was in overtime, 26-20, at Mississippi State.
Texas Christian, 10-2, the Mountain West Conference champion, defeated previously undefeated Boise State, 36-35, Nov. 12, ending the Broncos' 35-game home winning streak.
The Horned Frogs' losses came to Baylor and its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III, 50-48, in their season opener Sept. 2, and to Southern Methodist, 40-33, in overtime Oct. 1.