ARLINGTON,Texas -- The crowd inside Cowboys Stadium during the start of the first match of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup doesn't match what was seen in the parking lots earlier in the day. Perhaps fans are making an inconvenient trip back to their cars after they attempted to enter the event with prohibited items.
The ever-so-popular vuvuzelas were blaring in the parking lots hours before the match between Costa Rica and Cuba, but they are prohibited inside the stadium.
Other items seen in the festive tailgating crowds that aren't allowed inside include stadium horns, outside food and beverage, drums larger than 17 inches, flag poles, sticks and flags that cannot be held by one person.
A sold-out crowd, where one ticket will get you into both matches, is expected, but the majority of the fans outside the stadium are representing Mexico and El Salvador, who play in the second game of the doubleheader.