Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The Grand Old Lady
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November 2019 Renovated interior view
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Location in L.A. metro area
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is located in California
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Location in California
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is located in the United States
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Location in the United States
Address3911 South Figueroa Street
LocationLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates34°0′51″N 118°17′16″W / 34.01417°N 118.28778°W / 34.01417; -118.28778Coordinates: 34°0′51″N 118°17′16″W / 34.01417°N 118.28778°W / 34.01417; -118.28778
Public transitLAMetroLogo.svg E Line  Expo Park/USC
Expo/Vermont
OwnerCity of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, State of California
OperatorUniversity of Southern California
Executive suites42
Capacity77,500
93,607 (pre-2018)
[1][2]
SurfaceBermuda grass
Construction
Broke groundDecember 21, 1921
OpenedMay 1, 1923
Renovated1930, 1964, 1977–78, 1983, 1993, 1995, 2011, 2017–2019
Construction costUS$954,872.98 (original)[3]($14.3 million in 2019 dollars[4])
$954,869 (renovations by USC in 2010)
($1.12 million in 2019 dollars[4])
$315 million (renovations by USC in 2018)[5][6][7]
ArchitectJohn and Donald Parkinson (original)
DLR Group (renovations)
General contractorEdwards, Widley & Dixon Company (original)[3]
Hunt & Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company (renovations)
Tenants
United States men's national soccer team
USC Trojans (NCAA) (1923–present)
Los Angeles Rams (NFL) (1946–1979, 2016–2019)[8]
Los Angeles Christmas Festival (NCAA) (1924)
UCLA Bruins (NCAA) (1933–1981)
Los Angeles Dons (AAFC) (1946–1949)
Pro Bowl (NFL) (1951–1972, 1979)
Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB) (1958–1961)
Los Angeles Chargers (AFL) (1960)
Los Angeles Wolves (USA) (1967)
Los Angeles Toros (NPSL) (1967)
Los Angeles Aztecs (NASL) (1977, 1981)
Los Angeles Raiders (NFL) (1982–1994)
Los Angeles Express (USFL) (1983–1985)
Los Angeles Dragons (SFL) (2000)
Los Angeles Xtreme (XFL) (2001)
Los Angeles Temptation (LFL) (2009–2011, 2015)
LA Giltinis (MLR) (2021-)
Website
www.lacoliseum.com
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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The Peristyle plaza entrance to the Coliseum, including the two bronze Olympic statues
Area29.2 acres (11.8 ha)
Architectural styleArt Moderne[10]
NRHP reference No.84003866[9]
CHISL No.960
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 27, 1984
Designated NHLJuly 27, 1984[11]

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is an American outdoor sports multi-purpose stadium located in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Conceived as a hallmark of civic pride, the Coliseum was commissioned in 1921 as a memorial to L.A. veterans of World War I. Completed in 1923, it will become the first stadium to have hosted the Summer Olympics three times when it hosts the 2028 Summer Olympics.[12] The stadium has previously hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on July 27, 1984, the day before the opening ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics.[11]

The stadium serves as the home to the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans football team of the Pac-12 Conference. USC, which operates and manages the Coliseum, granted naming rights to United Airlines in January 2018; after concerns were raised by Coliseum Commission, the airline became title sponsor of the playing field, naming it United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The stadium is located in Exposition Park, which is owned by the State of California, and across the street from USC. The Coliseum is jointly owned by the State of California, Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles and is managed and operated by the Auxiliary Services Department of the University of Southern California.[13]

It was the home of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1979, when they moved to Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, and again from 2016 to 2019, prior to the team's move to SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The facility had a permanent seating capacity of 93,607 for USC football and Rams games, making it the largest football stadium in the Pac-12 Conference and the NFL.[14]

The stadium also was the temporary home of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball from 1958 to 1961 and was the host venue for games 3, 4, and 5 of the 1959 World Series. It was the site of the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game, later called Super Bowl I, and Super Bowl VII. Additionally, it has served as a home field for a number of other teams, including the 1960 inaugural season for the Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL, and UCLA Bruins football.

From 1959 to 2016, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was located adjacent to the Coliseum; the Sports Arena was closed in March 2016 and demolished. Banc of California Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium and home of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles FC, was constructed on the former Sports Arena site and opened in April 2018.

USC began a major renovation of the stadium in early 2018.[15] During the renovation project the seating capacity was 78,467 and became 77,500 upon completion in 2019.[16] The $315 million project was completed by the 2019 football season and was the first major upgrade of the stadium in twenty years.[5] The project included replacing the seating along with the addition of luxury boxes and club suites.

The Major League Rugby team, LA Giltinis will be based in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum from 2021.

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  2. ^ Thiry, Lindsey - USC Trojans' home is now officially the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum. Los Angeles Times, January 29, 2018.
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  5. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference Cost $315 M was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ "USC kicks off $270 million renovation of Coliseum - USC News. January 29, 2018". www.usc.edu.
  7. ^ Kaufman, Joey (May 31, 2018). "USC's Coliseum renovation about $30 million over budget". Orange County Register. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "General FAQs". welcomehomerams.com. Los Angeles Rams. January 18, 2016. Archived from the original on January 17, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2016. Where will the Rams play? For the first three seasons we'll play at the L.A. Coliseum. In 2019, we'll move into the most advanced, world-class stadium ever built located in Inglewood, CA.
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  10. ^ Charleton, James H. (June 21, 1984). "Los Angeles Memorial.Coliseum" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places – Inventory Nomination Form. National Park Service. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Archived November 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, National Landmarks Program, National Park Service, Accessed November 12, 2007.
  12. ^ Cite error: The named reference USC News 2018-03-29 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  13. ^ "USC Auxiliary Services | TO CREATE THE BEST USC EXPERIENCE".
  14. ^ "Don't judge Rams home attendance based on percentage of seats filled". December 6, 2016.
  15. ^ "The USC Coliseum Renovation Project Website". Archived from the original on February 26, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "Coliseum renovation reaches halfway point with topping-off ceremony". USC News. August 15, 2018.