From the Dodgers to the former L.A. Rams, just about every outdoor sports team in Los Angeles has at one time called the Coliseum their home. Built in 1923, the Coliseum initially had a seating capacity of over 100,000, thus making it one of the largest outdoor arenas on the West Coast. In 1932 the Coliseum hosted the Summer Olympics, and has since been the site of several major sporting events, including the 1984 Summer Olympics, Super Bowls I and VII, it even hosted the 1959 World Series in which the newly arrived Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox. Today the Coliseum is home to the USC Trojans football team, and regularly draws capacity crowds of over 90,000. So if you plan on going there for a game or event, here are a few things you should know.
Where is the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum located?
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is located near the campus of the University of Southern California in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The official address for the Coliseum is 3911 South Figueroa Street, 90037.
How do I purchase tickets?
On the homepage of the Coliseum's website you'll see a box marked "Events" near the top of the page. When clicking on it you'll see a list of all the upcoming concerts, sporting events, etc. When you've selected the event of your choosing, you'll immediately be redirected to Ticketmaster, which will then allow you to purchase tickets.
You can also purchase tickets through the Coliseum box office, located at 3939 South Figueroa Street. The box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also call the box office at 213-747-7111, or email them at BoxOffice@lacoliseum.com.
Tickets to all Trojan football home games can also be purchased by visiting www.usctrojans.com.
How do I get there by public transportation?
The Coliseum is easily accessible by a number of different trains and buses. But the best way to get there would be the Metro Silver Line. Not only does it make frequent stops every 5 to 10 minutes, but it also provides a direct connection to the Coliseum. So you'll never have to be late on game day. And for a measly $2.45, it sure beats taking a cab. You can find more information about bus and train routes by visiting www.metro.net.
How do I get there by car?
Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood can take the 101 South to the 110 South. You'll then want to take Exit 20A for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Turn right on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and you'll be right in front of the Coliseum.
If you're coming from South Bay and the beach cities, take the 110 North and get off at Exit 20A for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Merge onto South Grand Avenue, then make a left onto West 39th Street. Continue onto Exposition Park Drive until you reach the Coliseum.
Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 110 South and get off at Exit 20A for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Take the first right onto South Figueroa Street, then make a left onto Exposition Park Drive. Stay on that until you arrive at the Coliseum.
If you're coming from the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 South to the 110 South. Get off on Exit 20A, and take Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard until you arrive at the front of the Coliseum.
Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 10 West. Take Exit 13 and merge onto the 110 South. Get off on Exit 20A, and take Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard until you arrive at the front of the Coliseum.
What's the parking like if I drive?
Since it can hold over 90,000 spectators, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has an ample amount of parking spots located all around it. Prices can get a bit steep though, meaning you should expect to pay between $20 and $25 to park all day.
What's the seating situation like?
The Coliseum is shaped like a giant bowl and seats a capacity crowd of over 90,000 during college football season. That's a lot of people so expect it to get really tight on game day. The Coliseum used to have bleacher style seating, but those were replaced with individual seats in the 70s. The only problem can be getting up and going to the bathroom. Given the Coliseum's size, you may have to cross about a dozen people before you reach the aisle.
What kind of food do they serve inside?
The Coliseum serves all of your typical stadium-style food, including hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, candy, soda, and beer. Food can be kind of expensive, meaning you're looking to spend a minimum of $20 for you and someone else. There are plenty of concession stands located within the Coliseum. But on days when its filled to capacity, you can almost guarantee long lines – especially during half-time.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
Since it's near USC, the Coliseum has a lot of options if you're in the mood for fast food, including McDonald's, Subway, Chipotle, there's even a Chick-fil-A. Of course they may only be appropriate if you feel like eating like a college kid. For adult appetites, check out Chichen Itza if you're in the mood for authentic Mexican food; Thai Corner Food Express for hefty portions of pad Thai chicken; and Figueroa Philly Cheese Steak for a classic east coast style cheese steak sandwich with mushrooms and onions.
Where can I learn more about the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum?
The Coliseum does have a website which should answer any remaining questions you might have. You can visit it by going to www.lacoliseum.com, then clicking on any of the Coliseum-related boxes on the homepage.