The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is an outdoor stadium, typically used for American Sports, located in the neighborhood of Exposition Park. The coliseum was founded in 1921 as a memorial for the Los Angeles war veterans that participated in World War 1 back in 1968. The building was finished by 1923. In 1984, the day before the Summer Olympics opening ceremony, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was listed as an official National Historic Landmark. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the largest football stadium in both the National Football League and the Pac-12 Conference. It has a seating capacity of almost 78 thousand. There are 1,100 club seats, 42 suites, 24 loge boxes, and a rooftop terrace that will hold 500 people.
The stadium is across the street from the University of Southern California and is home to their football team, the Trojans. The Coliseum is owned by Los Angeles County, the city of Los Angeles, and the state of California. It is operated and managed by the ASD (Auxiliary Services Department) of the University of Southern California. From the year 1946 to 1979, the Coliseum was home to the Los Angeles Rams football team from the National Football League. After 1979 the Rams moved to the Anaheim Stadium located in Anaheim, California. They eventually moved back for 3 years in 2016 before once again moving to another stadium.
Occasionally, the stadium is rented out for different events such as live music concerts, large outdoor events, and even international soccer matches. The University of Southern California sometimes uses the stadium for their women’s soccer and lacrosse teams for important games and games that will be televised. The stadium has undergone many different renovations and upgrades over the year with one of the most noticeable being the 2018 to 2019 additions. The seating capacity was upgraded as well as club suite and luxury box additions. Overall, the project was 315 million dollars and was completed in approximately a year and a half.
John F. Kennedy gave his famous “New Frontier” acceptance speech at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1960 for the Democratic National Convention. It was also where the very first Super Bowl game was held in 1967, although, back then it was called the NFL-AFL Championship Game. Many different famous musicians have played at the coliseum including Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, and Rise Against. In 1972, the first motocross race held inside of a stadium was held at this stadium. In that same year, the event Wattstax which is known as “Black Woodstock” was held in this stadium. A year after that Evel Knievel successfully jumped fifty cars stacked along the length of the stadium.
So many incredible things have been seen and done at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and they have no plan on stopping anytime soon. They are scheduled to host the 2028 Summer Olympics which will make it the very first stadium to ever host events for three variating Olympic Games.
LA Memorial Coliseum
3911 Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037