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What to expect from the first season of tailgating for Rams games at SoFi Stadium

Fans will finally be able to fill the seats — and the parking lots — at L.A.’s swanky new stadium

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The tailgating experience at SoFi Stadium is thus far one that literally cannot yet be fully explained or felt, because 2021 will be the first year that fans are allowed to attend the games and tailgate. Though the LA Rams have held two preseason games with fans at SoFi Stadium this year, both of those had 7 p.m. PT kickoff times ... And they were preseason games.

The Rams will host their first regular season game in another nighttime setting, facing the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football on Sept. 12. But it won’t be until Sunday, Sept. 26 against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that SoFi Stadium will first be available for morning tailgating to Rams fans.

Which makes Sept. 26 a great time to maybe go check out a Rams game and tailgate.

Though this will be the first year with fans at SoFi Stadium, the Rams have a long tradition in Los Angeles, as well as plenty of fans remaining in St. Louis, so for the uninitiated going to a Rams game for the first time this year, I put this question to you:

What has your tailgating experience at Rams games been like in the past at the Coliseum? At the Dome? What should people tailgating this year expect?

Any thoughts on what to skip? How to avoid traffic? Did you go to the preseason games and learn any valuable lessons you can share?

If you are planning on going to a Rams home game this season, it could be helpful to know what that might be like, so I’ll leave the press release from the team below that details their official regulations.

Will there also be a unique experience this year at Hollywood Park, the surrounding entertainment and shopping center around SoFi Stadium? That too might be something we only find out when the 2021 season finally happens.

In the meantime, here are some helpful tips that the Rams released regarding parking and public transportation:

PARKING

Fans may visit www.therams.com/parking to purchase on-site parking and for all parking information. Stadium parking lots will open four (4) hours prior to kickoff. Off-site parking information can be found at www.iparkandgo.com.

All parking zones have assigned routes guests must follow for proper entry. For navigation, please use Waze/Google Map/Apple Maps to navigate to SoFi Stadium parking zones. Pass holders must enter via the assigned parking entry gate. (Ex: Pink Zone pass holders will search “SoFi Stadium Parking-Pink Zone.”) Digital/mobile parking passes will be color coded and assigned to specific zones and entry gates.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Los Angeles Metro

Fan can Go Metro to SoFi Stadium by connecting to Metro’s shuttle bus service at the C-Line or Green Line at the Hawthorne/Lennox Station. Shuttle’s will operate during SoFi Stadium’s three preseason games and all regular season Rams home games.

Metro shuttles will run every 5-8 minutes beginning approximately three hours before kickoff and then as needed during the games. After the games, Metro shuttles will run for about 90 minutes. The Metro shuttle service is FREE, but normal fares apply on Metro Rail and for parking at Metro Park & Ride stations.

Metro will offer regular service for SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park guests on three bus lines: Metro Bus 212 offering service along Prairie Avenue to Hollywood via La Brea Ave, as well as connecting to Metro’s C Line Green rail service, Metro Bus 117 offering service along Century Blvd, and Metro Bus 115 offering service along Manchester Blvd.

Gardena Transit (GTRANS)

Gardena Transit (GTRANS) also will offer express public transit service from the Harbor Gateway transit Center to the SoFi Stadium complex on the 110 freeway for most NFL games. Additional details can be found on GTRAN’s website www.ridegtrans.com.

RIDESHARE & TAXI

Rideshare, taxi services and ADA drop-off/pick-up are located north of the stadium on Kareem Court. Fans should expect delays after the game.

Game attendees can utilize the Yellow Cab dispatch by calling 800-808-7293. The code “SoFi” can be provided to the operator along with your name, contact information and pickup time. The first available driver will be dispatched to the taxi stand location on Kareem Court

As for tailgating, there are just a few words on that:

TAILGATING

A limited number of tailgating spots are available in the PINK ZONE only. Tailgating spaces consist of a 9ft-by-18ft parking stall with a 9ft-by-6ft tailgating section behind the parked vehicle. Tailgating in lots other than the Pink Zone will be strictly prohibited and enforced.