Stadium needs special exemption to allow umbrellas on rainy day

There's rain scheduled for this year's CIF high school bowl games, which will be played at the L.A. Galaxy's Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on Saturday. That's not the end of the world, of course, but it did provide a significant logistical issue, because the Home Depot Center doesn't traditionally allow umbrellas.

As a result, the venue, which is traditionally used for the other type of football, had to make a special exception to allow fans in the mostly-uncovered, open-air stands to bring in umbrellas to keep themselves out of the rain. According to the Los Angeles Times, CIF associate director Roger Blake confirmed that umbrellas will be allowed at the venue, though the exemption is good for only the weekend's bowl games.

The decision to ban umbrellas was made by the Home Depot Center in an effort to preserve sight lines for all paid fans. It may be a noble goal, but it's also one that is probably possible only in southern California. Needless to say, a no umbrella policy in Seattle would never work.

While umbrella-toting fans might not be too thrilled with the rainy forecast, at least one team is likely to be excited by the prospect of rain: Servite (Calif.) High, which will face off against De La Salle in the CIF's Open Division bowl game. The Friars have a recent history of putting up big performances on rainy days.

Yet, if you're at the game and trying to remind the Friars that its raining by using an umbrella, don't raise it too high. After all, there are other fans trying to watch football out there.

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