COMPTON, Calif. — Ralphs Grocery Co. here, the Southern California division of Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., said it will host "the ultimate tailgate experience" at select football games of the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.

USC plays football at the Los Angeles Coliseum; UCLA plays home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.


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Three hours before kickoff of five USC and five UCLA home games, including the annual clash between the rival schools in late November, Ralphs will offer free food and alcoholic beverages (to fans over 21) on the parking lots of each venue, with big-screen televisions on hand to enable fans to keep up with other college games being played.

Ralphs shoppers who use their Ralphs Rewards card to purchase $25 in participating products will receive a free ticket to the tailgate experience, which will be printed on their receipts; people can also attend the tailgate events for a $25 cash donation to the home university's charity of choice, payable at the event entrance.

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