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Soccer match kicking up Atlanta's traffic, security challenges

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Mexico won against Paraguay 1-0 at the Georgia Dome, Saturday.  The soccer match let out between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and a crowd of at least 70,000 fans all hit the streets, causing a traffic mess.

Police and security guards were patrolling on foot and on bicycle, keeping an eye out for anything suspicious as the two teams gave us a preview to expect at the summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Hours after the match started, fans stood waiting in long lines still trying to get inside. Many ladies were turned away for having the wrong type of purse.

A clear bag policy is in full effect at the Georgia Dome. Any purses bigger than hand held size need to be checked at an outside tent, just like you would do with a coat. See-through plastic bags are okay.

"We check your purse if you can't bring it back to your car. Just take whatever you want out of your purse and put it in a clear bag. It has to be, according to these specifications, in order to bring it inside at the Dome," said Jason Harmon of Connie's Coat Check.

Die hard Mexico fans came dressed in elaborate costumes, and it turns out they're not the only ones on the block who are dressing up. Right across the Dome, another ten thousand visitors to the World Congress Center are doing their own version of dress-up at MoMoCon.

"It's a convention for nerds, and anime lovers, gamers, and all that stuff," explained MomoCon visitor, Seth Bedgood.

Between these two events, and others around Atlanta, getting around the city is no Memorial Day picnic.

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