Security lines force livid fans to miss start of Holiday Bowl

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SAN DIEGO -- Thousands of Holiday Bowl attendees were angry Wednesday night about being stuck in line at Qualcomm Stadium to watch USC face Wisconsin.

Some reported waiting in line for over an hour.

The long waits were due in part to increased security measures at the gates, including handheld metal detectors and extensive bag searches for every attendee.

But fans blamed the long lines on a lack of adequate personnel and number of open gates.

"I'm up for security, it's a great thing, but this is obnoxious," said Craig Gilles.

Stadium security officers would not discuss the long waits, but did say the big reason for the frustration was due to ticketholders waiting until the last minute to enter the stadium.

"It's not OK, it's not OK. Holiday Bowl has to do better," said Mary Tael and friend Helen Cortez, who say they waited an hour to get inside.

After waiting, some fans rushed the gates, further adding to the chaos.

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