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The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (also known as the L.A. Coliseum) is a
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in the Exposition Park neighborhood of
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. Conceived as a hallmark of civic pride, the Coliseum was commissioned in 1921 as a memorial to Los Angeles veterans of
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. Completed in 1923, it will become the first stadium to have hosted the
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three times when it hosts the
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; the stadium previously hosted the Summer Olympics in
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and
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. It was designated a
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on July 27, 1984, a day before the opening ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics. The stadium serves as the home of the
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University of Southern California
(USC) Trojans football team of the
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and the LA Giltinis of
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(MLR). USC, which operates and manages the Coliseum, granted naming rights to
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in January 2018. After concerns were raised by the Coliseum Commission, the airline became title sponsor of the playing field, naming it United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Coliseum is jointly owned by the State of California's Sixth District Agricultural Association,
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, and the city of Los Angeles, and is managed and operated by the Auxiliary Services Department of the University of Southern California. From 1959 to 2016, the
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was located adjacent to the Coliseum before it closed in March 2016.
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, a
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and the home of
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(MLS)'s
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, was constructed on the former Sports Arena site, and opened in 2018. The Coliseum was the home of the
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of the
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(NFL) from 1946 to 1979, when they moved to
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in
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, and again from 2016 to 2019, prior to the team's move to
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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
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and the NFL. The stadium also was the temporary home of the
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of
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(MLB) from 1958 to 1961, and was the host venue for games three, four, and 5 of the 1959 World Series. It was the site of the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game (later called
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) and
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. Additionally, it has served as a home field for a number of other teams, including the
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inaugural season for the
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, the
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of the NFL, and
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. In 2018, USC began a major renovation of the stadium, which included replacing the seating along with the addition of luxury boxes and club suites, but lowered the seating capacity to 77,500. The $315 million project was completed by the 2019 football season, and was the first major upgrade of the stadium in twenty years.


Operation

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, which consists of six voting members appointed by the three ownership interests and meets on a monthly basis, provides public oversight of the master lease agreement with USC. Under the lease, the University has day-to-day management and operation responsibility for both the Coliseum and Banc of California Stadium properties. Until 2013, USC had a series of mostly one- and two-year agreements with the Coliseum Commission - which up to that time had been directly operating the stadium. These agreements were limited to the University only renting the stadium for USC home football games. Sam Farmer
Coliseum panel mulls options
''Los Angeles Times'', June 6, 2007.
In July 2013, after the previously governing owner Coliseum Commission failed to deliver promised renovations, USC gained the significantly more extensive master lease for management and operation responsibility for the Coliseum and adjacent property. The 98-year agreement required the University to make approximately $100 million in initial physical repairs to the Coliseum. Additionally, it requires USC pay $1.3 million each year in rent to the State of California for the state-owned land the property occupies in Exposition Park; maintain the Coliseum's physical condition at the same standard used on the USC Campus; and assume all financial obligations for the operations and maintenance of the Coliseum and Banc of California Stadium Complex.


USC

The Coliseum is primarily the home of the USC Trojans football team. Most of USC's regular home games, especially the alternating games with rivals
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and
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, attract a capacity crowd. The current official capacity of the Coliseum is 77,500, with 42 suites, 1,100 club seats, 24 loge boxes, and a 500-person rooftop terrace. USC's women lacrosse and soccer teams use the Coliseum for selected games, usually involving major opponents and televised games. USC also rents the Coliseum to various events, including international soccer games, musical concerts and other large outdoor events. In May 2021, due to the previous year of local
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restrictions, USC held commencement ceremonies in the Coliseum for graduating students from the classes of 2020 and 2021. Ceremonies were held in the Coliseum twice a day for a week, with over 36,000 diplomas (including undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates) were awarded. It was the first time in 70 years that USC had held its commencement in the stadium.


History


Planning

The Coliseum was commissioned in 1921 as a memorial to L.A.
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of
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(rededicated to all United States veterans of the war in 1968). The
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ceremony took place on December 21, 1921, with construction being completed in just over 16 months, on May 1, 1923. Designed by
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, the original bowl's initial construction costs were $954,873. When the Coliseum opened in 1923, it was the largest stadium in Los Angeles, with a capacity of 75,144. In 1930, however, with the Olympics due in two years, the stadium was extended upward to seventy-nine rows of seats with two tiers of tunnels, expanding the seating capacity to 101,574. The physical structure of a bowl-shaped configuration for the Coliseum was undoubtedly inspired by the earlier
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which was built in 1914. The now-signature Olympic torch was added, and the stadium was briefly known as Olympic Stadium. The
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torch which burned through both Games remains above the
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at the east end of the stadium as a reminder of this, as do the Olympic rings symbols over one of the main entrances. The football field runs east to west with the press box on the south side of the stadium. The current
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s to each side of the peristyle were installed in 2017, and replaced a scoreboard and video screen that towered over the peristyle dating back to 1983; they replaced a smaller scoreboard above the center arch installed in 1972, which in turn supplanted the 1937 model, one of the first all-electric scoreboards in the nation. Over the years new light towers have been placed along the north and south rims. The large analog clock and thermometer over the office windows at either end of the peristyle were installed in 1955. In the mid- and late 1950s, the press box was renovated, and the "Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum" lettering and Olympic rings, lighted at night, were added to the eastern face of the peristyle tower. Between the double peristyle arches at the east end is the Coliseum's "Court of Honor" plaques, recognizing many of the memorable events and participants in its history, including a full list of 1932 and 1984 Olympic gold medalists (the complete roster of honorees can be seen below).


Renovations

For many years, the Coliseum was capable of seating over 100,000 spectators. In 1964, the stadium underwent its first major renovation in over three decades. Most of the original pale green wood-and-metal bench seating was replaced by individual theater-type chairs of dark red, beige and yellow; these seats remained until 2018, although the yellow color was eliminated in the 1970s. The
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was reduced to approximately 93,000. The Coliseum was problematic as an NFL venue. At various times in its history, it was either the largest or one of the largest stadiums in the league. While this allowed the Rams and Raiders to set attendance records, it also made it extremely difficult to sell out. The NFL amended its blackout rule to allow games to be televised locally if they were sold out 72 hours before kickoff. However, due to the Coliseum's large size, Rams (and later Raiders) games were often blacked out in
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, even in the teams' best years. From 1964 to the late 1970s, it was common practice to shift the playing field to the closed end of the stadium and install end zone bleachers in front of the peristyle, limiting further the number of seats available for sale. For
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and USC-
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games, which often attracted crowds upward of 90,000, the bleachers were moved eastward and the field was re-marked in its original position. When a larger east grandstand was installed between 1977 and 1978, at the behest of Rams owner
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, the capacity was just 71,500. With the upcoming 1984 Summer Olympic Games, a new track was installed and the playing field permanently placed inside it. However, the combination of the stadium's large, relatively shallow design, along with the presence of the track between the playing field and the stands, meant that some of the original end zone seats were as far from the field by the equivalent length of another football field. To address these and other problems, the Coliseum underwent a $15 million renovation before the 1993 football season, which included the following: * The field was lowered by and 14 new rows of seats replaced the running track, bringing the first row of seats closer to the playing field (a maximum distance of at the eastern 30-yard-line). * A portable seating section was built between the eastern endline and the peristyle bleachers (the stands are removed for concerts and similar events). * The locker rooms and public restrooms were modernized. * The bleachers were replaced with individual seating. Additionally, for Raiders home games,
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s were placed over seldom-sold sections, reducing
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to approximately 65,000. The changes were anticipated to be the first of a multi-stage renovation designed by
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that would have turned the Coliseum into a split-bowl stadium with two levels of mezzanine suites (the peristyle end would have been left as is). However, after the
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, the $93 million was required from government agencies (including the
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) to repair earthquake damage, and the renovations demanded by the Raiders were put on hold indefinitely. The Raiders then redirected their efforts toward a proposed stadium at
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in Inglewood before electing to move back to the
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prior to the
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. In 2000, Bentley Management Group (BMG) was hired as the project manager to complete work at the Coliseum and Sports Arena funded by FEMA. In addition to seismically bracing the Sports Arena while it remained open for events, BMG also coordinated the Coliseum's new press box elevator, various concession stands, restroom improvements, and concrete spalling repairs.


New videoboard

In August 2011, construction began on the Coliseum's west end on a new
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scoreboard, accompanying the existing video scoreboard on the peristyle (east end) of the stadium. The video scoreboard officially went into operation on September 3, 2011, at USC football's home opener versus the
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, with the game being televised on
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.


2018–2019 renovation project

After USC took over the Coliseum master lease in 2013, they began making plans for major renovations needed and as stipulated in the master lease agreement. On October 29, 2015, USC unveiled an estimated $270 million project for a massive renovation and restoration the Coliseum. The upgrades included: replacing all seats in the stadium, construction of a larger and modern
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(with new box suites, premium lounges, a viewing deck, a V.I.P. section, and the introduction of
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ribbon boards), adding new aisles and widening some seats, a new
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, restoration and renaming of the peristyle to the Julia and George Argyros Plaza, stadium wide
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, two new
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s, new concession stands, upgraded entry concourses, new interior and exterior lighting, modernization of plumbing and electrical systems, and a reduction in capacity of about 16,000 seats, with the final total at approximately 78,500 seats. The plans were met with mixed reactions from the public. The Los Angeles 2028 Olympic bid committee contemplated additional renovations to support its bid. On January 8, 2018, USC began the project to renovate and improve the Coliseum. The project, which was solely funded by the University, was completed by the 2019 football season, and was the first major upgrade of the stadium in 20 years. The project budget increased from the initial estimate of $270 million to $315 million mainly due to the tight construction schedule.


Naming rights

On January 29, 2018,
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Chicago
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became the stadium's first naming rights partner. Originally, Memorial Coliseum was to be retained in the name of the stadium by the condition of the Coliseum Commission's requirement in its master lease agreement with USC. However, veterans groups and the new president of the Coliseum Commission raised concern about the new name, while United did not approve of any change from the stadium and stated that they were willing to step away from the deal. On March 29, 2019, USC suggested the name United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum instead of the planned United Airlines Memorial Coliseum. Although United also did not support this and considered withdrawal, the two parties agreed to the name on June 7. During
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home games for the 2019 season, the stadium reverted to its original name, and all signage indicating "United Airlines Field" was covered due to the franchise's sponsoring partnership with
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.


Notable events


1920s

On October 6,
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,
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and
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played in the inaugural game at the Coliseum, with the Trojans prevailing 23–7. Situated just across the street from Exposition Park, USC agreed to play all its home games at the Coliseum, a circumstance that contributed to the decision to build the arena. From
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to
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, the
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also played home games at the Coliseum. When USC and UCLA played each other, the "home" team (USC in odd-numbered years, UCLA in even), occupied the north sideline and bench, and its band and rooters sat on the north side of the stadium; the "visiting" team and its contingent took to the south (press box) side of the stadium. Excepting the mid-1950s and 1983–2007, the two teams have worn their home jerseys for the rivalry games for the Victory Bell. This tradition was renewed in
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, even though the two schools now play at different stadiums. UCLA moved to the Rose Bowl in
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in
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.


1930s–1940s

In 1932, the Coliseum hosted the
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, the first of two Olympic Games hosted at the stadium. The Coliseum served as the site of the
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,
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, the
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part of the
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event, and
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events, along with the opening and closing ceremonies. The 1932 games marked the introduction of the
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, as well as the victory podium. The former Cleveland Rams of the
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relocated to the Coliseum in
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, becoming the
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; however, the team later relocated again, first to
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, only to move back to Los Angeles in
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played in the Coliseum from 1946 to 1949, when the franchise merged with its NFL cousins just before the two leagues merged. The Coliseum hosted the
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, and
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. It also hosted several Coliseum Relays and several Compton-Coliseum Invitational (track and field) events from the 1940s until the 1970s.


1950s–1960s

Among other sporting events held at the Coliseum over the years were
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(MLB) games, which were held when the
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of the
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relocated to the West Coast in 1958. The Dodgers played here until
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was completed in time for the 1962 season. Even allowing for its temporary status, the Coliseum was extremely ill-suited for baseball due to the fundamentally different sizes and shapes of football and baseball fields. A baseball field requires roughly 2.5 times more area than a football gridiron, but the playing surface was just barely large enough to accommodate a baseball diamond. As a result, foul territory was almost nonexistent down the first base line, but was expansive down the third base line, with a very large backstop for the catcher. Sight lines also left much to be desired; some seats were as far as from the plate. Also, from baseball's point of view, the locker rooms were huge as they were designed for
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(not baseball) teams. In order to shoehorn even an approximation of a baseball field onto the playing surface, the left-field fence was set at only from the plate. This seemed likely to ensure that there would be many " Chinese home runs", as such short shots were called at the time. Sportswriters began jokingly referring to the improvised park as "O'Malley's Chinese Theatre" or "The House that
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Built", drawing protests from the
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community in the Los Angeles area. They also expressed concern that cherished home run records, especially
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's 1927 seasonal mark of 60, might easily fall as a result of pop flies going over the left-field fence. ''
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"Every Sixth Hit a Homer!" Players also complained, with
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calling for a rule that would require any home run to travel at least before it could be considered a home run.
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ordered the Dodgers to erect a screen in left field to prevent pop flies from becoming home runs. Its cables, towers, wires, and girders were in play. The "short porch" in left field looked extremely attractive to batters. In the first week of play during the 1959 season, the media's worst preseason fears seemed to be realized when 24 home runs were hit in the Coliseum, three of them by
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outfielder
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, not especially distinguished as a hitter. However, pitchers soon adapted, throwing outside to right-handed hitters, requiring them to pull the bat hard if they wanted to hit toward left. Perhaps no player took better advantage than Dodgers outfielder
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, who figured out how to hit high fly balls that dropped almost vertically just behind the screen. By the end of the season, he had hit 19 homers, all but five of them in the Coliseum. In recognition, such homers were dubbed " Moon Shots". Nonetheless, the number of home runs alarmed Frick enough that he ordered the Dodgers to build a second screen in the stands, from the plate. A ball would have had to clear both screens to be a home run; if it cleared the first, it would have been a ground-rule double. However, the Dodgers discovered that the earthquake safety provisions of the Los Angeles building code forbade construction of a second screen. Unable to compel the Dodgers to fix the situation, the major leagues passed a note to Rule 1.04 stating that any stadium constructed after June 1, 1958, must provide a minimum distance of down each foul line. Also, when the expansion
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joined the
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in 1961, Frick rejected their original request to use the Coliseum as a temporary facility. This rule was revoked (or perhaps, simply ignored) when the
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launched the "retro ballpark" era in 1992, with the opening of
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. With a right field corner of only , this fell short. However, baseball fans heartily welcomed the "new/old" style, and all new ballparks since then have been allowed to set their own distances. Late that season, the screen figured in the National League
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race. When the Braves were playing the Dodgers at the Coliseum on September 15, 1959,
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hit a ball that cleared the screen but hit a steel girder behind it and got stuck in the mesh. According to ground rules, this should have been a home run. However, the umpires ruled it a ground-rule double. The fans shook the screen, causing the ball to fall into the seats. The umpires changed the call to a homer, only to rule it a ground-rule double while Adcock was left stranded on second. The game was tied at the end of nine innings, and the Dodgers won in the tenth inning. At the end of the regular season, the Dodgers and Braves finished in a tie. The Dodgers won the ensuing playoff and went on to win the
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. Although less than ideal for baseball due to its poor sight lines and short dimensions (left field at and power alleys at ), the Coliseum was ideally suited for large paying crowds. Each of the three games of the 1959 World Series drew over 92,000 fans, with game five drawing 92,706, a record unlikely to be seriously threatened anytime soon given the smaller seating capacities of today's baseball parks. In May 1959, an exhibition game between the Dodgers and the
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in honor of legendary catcher
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drew 93,103, the largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in the Western Hemisphere until a 2008 exhibition game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the
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to mark the 50th anniversary of MLB in Los Angeles. The Coliseum also hosted the second
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. The Coliseum was also the site of
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's memorable acceptance speech at the 1960 Democratic National Convention. It was during that speech that Kennedy first used the term "the
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". The Rams hosted the
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,
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and
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NFL championship games at the Coliseum. The Coliseum was also the site of the very first NFL-AFL Championship Game in 1967, an event since renamed the
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. It also hosted
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in 1973, but future Super Bowls in the Los Angeles region would instead be hosted at the Rose Bowl, which has never had an NFL tenant. The Coliseum was also the site of the NFL
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from
1951 Events January * January 1 – Patti Page's hit song "Tennessee Waltz" enjoys its first week as the No. 1 single, on ''Billboard charts, Billboard'' and ''Cashbox (magazine), Cashbox'' Record chart, charts, in the United States. * January 4 ...
to
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, and again in
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. In
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, the
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(AFL)'s
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played at the Coliseum before relocating to San Diego the next year; the team moved back to the L.A. area in
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played its first match at the stadium in 1965, losing to Mexico in a 1966 World Cup qualifier. Also, the
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of the
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played their home games at the Coliseum for a year (1967) before moving to the Rose Bowl.


1970s–1980s

In June 1970, the first Senior Olympics (known as the Senior Sports International Meet) took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In July 1972, the Coliseum hosted the "Super Bowl" of
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championship held in stadiums across the United States and Canada. The Coliseum last hosted the event in 1998.A Coliseum of dirt
- Brian Kamenetzky, ESPN, 28 July 2010
On August 20, 1972,
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, also known as "Black-Woodstock", took place in the Coliseum. Over 100,000 black residents of Los Angeles attended this concert for African-American pride. Later in 1973, a documentary was released about the concert. In 1973,
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used the entire distance of the stadium to jump 50 stacked cars. Knievel launched his motorcycle from atop one end of the Coliseum, jumping the cars in the center of the field, and stopping high atop the other end. The jump was broadcast on
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's '' Wide World of Sports''. Also in 1973, the Coliseum was host to
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, which saw the AFC champion
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defeat the NFC champion
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14–7, becoming the only team in NFL history to attain an undefeated season and postseason. The Los Angeles Rams played their home games in the Coliseum until 1979, when they moved to
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prior to the
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. They hosted the NFC Championship Game in 1975 and 1978, in which they lost both times to the
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by lopsided margins. The
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of the North American Soccer League used the Coliseum as their home ground in 1977 and 1981. The Coliseum was also home to the
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's Los Angeles Express between 1983 and 1985. In this capacity, the stadium also is the site of the longest professional
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game in history: on June 30, 1984 (a few weeks before the start of the 1984 Summer Olympics), a triple-overtime game between the Express and the
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that was decided on a 24-yard game-winning touchdown by Mel Gray of the Express, three and a half minutes into the third overtime, to give Los Angeles a 27–21 win. Until 2012, this game marked the only time in the history of professional football that there was more than one kickoff in overtime play in the same game. In
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moved in. The same year, UCLA decided to move out, relocating its home games to the Rose Bowl in
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. The Coliseum was also the site of the 1982 Speedway World Final, held for the first and only time in the United States. The event saw
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retain the title he had won in front of 92,500 fans at London's
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in
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. An estimated 40,000 fans were at the Coliseum to see Penhall retain his title before announcing his retirement from
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to take up an acting role on the television series ''
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''. Los Angeles hosted the
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, and the Coliseum became the first stadium to host the
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twice; again serving as the primary
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venue and as the site of the opening and closing ceremonies. The Coliseum played host to the California World Music Festival on April 7–8, 1979.
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played at the stadium on their 1981 ''Tattoo You'' tour (October 9 and 11), supported by
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, the J. Geils Band, and relatively unknown newcomer
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on May 14, 1985, as part of Argentina's tour of North America prior to the
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that would be won by the squad managed by
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. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concluded their Born in the U.S.A. Tour with four consecutive concerts on September 27, 29, 30, and October 2, 1985. These shows were recorded and eight songs from the show of September 30 appear on their box set ''
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''. The September 27 show was released through Springsteen's website in 2019. played at the stadium during leg three of their breakout
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on November 17 and 18, 1987. They later returned to the stadium for their
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on June 21, 1997. Los Angeles natives
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played at the stadium on December 13, 1987, during the second leg of their Girls, Girls, Girls World Tour, with fellow Los Angeles band
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as the opening act. At that time, Mötley Crüe was one of the most popular and successful acts in the world, while Guns N' Roses was one of the largest up-and-coming acts. The latter would later return for four shows in October 1989 as the opening act for the Rolling Stones, then again on September 27, 1992 as part of their infamous co-headlining tour with
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. The stadium played host to The
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Festival Tour, featuring
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,
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, Metallica, and Kingdom Come, on July 24, 1988. A second show was planned to take place on the July 23, but was later canceled. The stadium also played host to
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's
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Benefit Concert on September 21, 1988, headlined by
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and
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and also featuring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band,
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,
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, and
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.


1990s–2000s

The Raiders began looking to move out of the Coliseum as early as 1986. In addition to the delays in renovating the stadium, they never drew well; even after they won
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in 1984, they had trouble filling it. The NFL scheduled all of the Raiders' appearances on
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as road games since the Los Angeles market would have been blacked out due to the Coliseum not being sold out. Finally, in
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, the Raiders left Los Angeles and returned to Oakland, leaving the Coliseum without a professional football tenant for the first time since the close of World War II. In the mid-1990s, the Coliseum was planned to be the home of the Los Angeles Blaze, a charter franchise of the United League (UL) which was planned to be a third league of
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. The
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began as a halftime spectacular known as the
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. The first three years (2004, 2005, 2006) were played at the Coliseum. From 2009 to 2011, a couple of
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games were played in the Coliseum. Beginning in 2015, the Temptation resumed playing at the Coliseum after three seasons at
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in Ontario. The
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soccer tournament was also held at the Coliseum. The
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beat
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in the final. The Coliseum also staged the final match of the Gold Cup in
1996 1996 was designated as: * International Year for the Eradication of Poverty Events January * January 3 Events Pre-1600 * 69 – The Roman legions on the Rhine refuse to declare their allegiance to Galba Galba (; born Servius Sulpi ...
,
1998 1998 was designated as the ''International Year of the Ocean''. Events January * January 2 – Russia begins to Monetary reform in Russia, 1998, circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence. * January 4 – Wilaya of Reliza ...
and
2000 2000 was designated as the International Year for the Culture of Peace and the World Mathematics, Mathematical Year. Popular culture holds the year 2000 as the first year of the 21st century and the 3rd millennium due to a tendency of group ...
. In October 2000, the United States played its last match at the stadium in a friendly versus Mexico. Since then, the team has preferred the
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and
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as home stadiums in Greater Los Angeles. The stadium hosted the
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event. The promoters claimed that 54,000 people attended the event, which would have set a new attendance record for a mixed martial arts event in the United States; however, other officials estimated the crowd between 20,000 and 30,000. In May 1959, the Dodgers had hosted an exhibition game against the reigning
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champion
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at the Coliseum, a game which drew over 93,000 people. The Yankees won that game 6–2. As part of their West Coast 50th anniversary celebration in 2008, the Dodgers again hosted an exhibition game against the reigning World Series champions, the
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. On March 29, 2008, the middle game of a three-game set in Los Angeles was also won by the visitors by the relatively low score of 7–4, given the layout of the field; Red Sox catcher
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had joked that he expected scores in the 80s. As previously mentioned in the 1950s–1960s section, during 1958–1961, the distance from home plate to the left field foul pole was with a screen running across the close part of left field. Due to the intervening addition of another section of seating rimming the field, the 2008 grounds crew had much less space to work with, and the result was a left field foul line only , with a screen, which one Boston writer dubbed the "Screen Monster". Even at that distance, is also short of the minimum legal home-run distance. This being an exhibition game, balls hit over the temporary screen were still counted as home runs. There were only a couple of home runs over the screen, as pitchers adjusted (and
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did not play). A diagram () illustrated the differences in the dimensions between 1959 and 2008: :2008 – LF – LCF – CF – RCF – RF :1959 – LF – LCF – CF – RCF – RF A sellout crowd of 115,300 was announced, which set a
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for attendance at a baseball game, breaking the record set at a
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baseball demonstration game between teams from the US and Australia at the
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. The Coliseum formerly hosted the major U.S.
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festival, the
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. It last hosted the event in 2010; following the drug-related death of an underage attendee at EDC that year, the festival's organizer
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was blacklisted from hosting future events at the venue, and it subsequently moved to
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in 2011. In 2003, select events of the
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IX action sports event were held at the Coliseum. In 2010, the X Games XVI were held at the venue. In 2006, the Coliseum Commission focused on signing a long-term lease with USC, who offered to purchase the facility from the state but was turned down. After some at-time contentious negotiations, with the university threatening to move to the Rose Bowl in late 2007, the two sides signed a 25-year lease in May 2008, giving the Coliseum Commission 8% of USC's ticket sales, approximately $1.5 million a year, but committing the agency to a list of renovations. In 2006, Mexican band
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held a concert during their U.S. tour before 70,000 people, with tickets sold out in less than 30 minutes. It was the highest attended event by a Mexican act since
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' 1993 and 1996 concerts. On June 23, 2008, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission announced that they were putting the
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of the Coliseum on the market, predicting a deal valued at $6 million to $8 million a year. The funds would go towards financing over $100 million in renovations over the next decade, including a new video board, bathrooms, concession areas, and locker rooms. Additional seating was included in the renovation plans which increased the Coliseum's
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to 93,607 in September 2008.www.dailytrojan.com
On June 17, 2009, the Coliseum was the terminus for the
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' 2009
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championship victory parade. A crowd of over 90,000 attended the festivities, in addition to the throngs of supporters who lined the parade route. The Coliseum peristyle was redesigned in purple and gold regalia to commemorate the team, and the Lakers' court was transported from
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to the Coliseum field to act as the stage. Past parades had ended at Staples Center, but due to the newly constructed
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complex, space was limited around the arena.


2010s–present

On July 30, 2011, the LA Rising festival with
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,
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,
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,
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, and
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was hosted at the Coliseum. On April 27, 2013, the stadium hosted the Stadium Super Trucks. On September 13, 2014, the Coliseum hosted the fifth-place game, third-place game and final of the 2014 Copa Centroamericana in front of 41,969 spectators. In August 2015, the Coliseum hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. On September 14, 2021, the NASCAR Cup Series announced that the annual Busch Clash would take place at the Coliseum, at a purpose-made quarter-mile track. On December 9, 2021, Kanye West performed a benefit concert for the long-imprisoned Larry Hoover with special guest Drake (musician), Drake at the Coliseum.


=Los Angeles Rams

= On January 12, 2016, the NFL gave permission for the History of the St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Rams to relocate back to Los Angeles. The Rams resumed play at the Coliseum while awaiting completion of
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in Inglewood. On August 13, 2016, the Coliseum hosted its first NFL game at the stadium since 1994, as the Rams hosted
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at a preseason game to a crowd of 89,140 people. On September 18, 2016, the Coliseum hosted the first Rams regular season home game since 1979, against the Seattle Seahawks. On January 6, 2018, the Coliseum hosted its first Rams playoff game since the 1978 NFC Championship game, against the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. On November 19, 2018, the Coliseum hosted its first ''
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'' game since 1985, and the first Monday night game the Rams hosted at the Coliseum, exact date 40 years later, with the Rams taking on the Kansas City Chiefs. That game, which was originally scheduled to be played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City that night, was moved to the Coliseum due to poor field conditions at the former. The Rams won the game, 54–51 in the highest-scoring game in ''Monday Night Football'' history.


2028 Summer Olympics

Los Angeles will host the Summer Olympics in 2028. During the 131st IOC Session, the International Olympic Committee officially awarded the
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to Los Angeles on July 31, 2017. The Coliseum will be the first stadium to host events for three different Olympic games.


Seating and attendance


Seating capacity (college football)

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Attendance records


1963 Billy Graham Crusade

The largest gathering in the Coliseum's history was a Billy Graham crusade which took place on September 8, 1963 with 134,254 in attendance, noted by the Coliseum's website as an all-time record. With the renovations of 1964, the capacity of the Coliseum was reduced to roughly 93,000 for future events.


Sporting events

;College football Records differ between the 2006 USC football media guide and 2006 UCLA football media guide. (This may be due to only keeping records for "home" games until the 1950s.) The USC Media guide lists the top five record crowds as: * 1. 104,953 — vs. Notre Dame 1947 (USC home game; Highest attendance for a football game in the Coliseum) * 2. 103,303 — vs. UCLA 1939 (USC home game) * 3. 103,000 — vs. USC 1945 (UCLA home game) * 4. 102,548 — vs. USC 1954 (UCLA home game) * 5. 102,050 — vs. UCLA 1947 (USC home game) The UCLA Media guide does not list the 1939 game against USC, and only lists attendance for the second game in 1945 for Coliseum attendance records. These are the top three listed UCLA record Coliseum crowds: * 1. 102,548 — vs. USC 1954 (UCLA home game) * 2. 102,050 — vs. USC 1947 (UCLA home game) * 3. 100,333 — vs. USC 1945 (USC home game; 1945's second of two meetings) The largest crowd to attend a USC football game against an opponent other than UCLA or Notre Dame was 96,130 for a November 10, 1951 contest with Stanford Cardinal football, Stanford University. The largest attendance for a UCLA contest against a school other than USC was 92,962 for the November 1, 1946 game with Saint Mary's Gaels, Saint Mary's College of California. ;National Football League The Los Angeles Rams played the San Francisco 49ers before an NFL record attendance of 102,368 on November 10, 1957. This was a record paid attendance that stood until September 2009 at Cowboys Stadium, though the overall NFL regular season record was broken in a 2005 regular season game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Both records were broken on September 20, 2009 at the first regular season game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. In 1958 the Rams averaged 83,680 for their six home games, including 100,470 for the Chicago Bears and 100,202 for the Baltimore Colts. In their 13 seasons in Los Angeles the Raiders on several occasions drew near-capacity crowds to the Coliseum. The largest were 91,505 for an October 25, 1992 game with the
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, 91,494 for a September 29, 1991 contest with the San Francisco 49ers, and 90,380 on January 1, 1984 for a playoff game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Coliseum hosted the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, later called the
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. The January 15, 1967 game, pitting the Green Bay Packers against the Kansas City Chiefs, attracted 61,946 fans—a lower-than anticipated crowd (by comparison, a regular-season game between the Packers and Rams a month earlier drew 72,418). For
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in 1973, which matched the
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against the
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, the attendance was a near-capacity 90,182, a record that would stand until Super Bowl XI at the Rose Bowl. The 1975 NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys had an attendance of 88,919, still the largest crowd for a conference championship game since the conference-title format began with the 1970 season. The 1983 AFC Championship Game between the Raiders and Seattle Seahawks attracted 88,734. The Rams' first NFL game at the Coliseum since 1979, after spending fifteen years at Anaheim Stadium and then twenty-one seasons in St. Louis, a pre-season contest against the Cowboys on August 13, 2016, drew a crowd of 89,140. The team's first regular-season home game, on September 18 against the Seattle Seahawks, attracted 91,046—the largest attendance for a Rams game at the Coliseum since 1959. ;Major League Baseball Contemporary baseball guides listed the theoretical baseball
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as 92,500. Thousands of east-end seats were very far from home plate, and were not sold unless needed. The largest regular season attendance was 78,672, the Dodgers' home debut in the Coliseum, against the San Francisco Giants on April 18, 1958. The May 7, 1959, exhibition game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the 1958 World Series Champion
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, in honor of disabled former Dodgers catcher
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, drew 93,103, which was a Major League Baseball record prior to 2008. All three Dodgers home games in the 1959 World Series with the Chicago White Sox exceeded 90,000 attendance. Game 5 drew 92,706 fans, a major league record for a non-exhibition game. The attendance for the exhibition game on March 29, 2008, between the
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and the
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, was 115,300, setting a new
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for attendance at a baseball game. The previous record of an estimated 114,000 was in the
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at
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for an exhibition game between teams from branches of American Military Forces and Australia. ;Soccer The first official soccer match at the Coliseum was an international fixture between the United States men's national soccer team, United States and
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that took place on March 7, 1965, as part of 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF), regional World Cup qualification. The teams drew 2–2 in front of 22,570 spectators. Although the stadium represents the second most active venue in the history of the United States men's national soccer team, US national team (after Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Robert F. Kennedy), it has only played 22 matches in it, the last of them in 2000. Of these, eleven were of official competition (three from FIFA World Cup qualification, World Cup qualifiers, seven from the CONCACAF Gold Cup and one from the North American Nations Cup) and eleven friendlies, all category "A". In this scenario, the team won their first absolute title by finishing as champion of the
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, defeating their counterpart from Honduras on penalties. However, the most active national team at the Memorial Coliseum is
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, which has played 86 matches in the building: 14 in official competition (3 in the World Cup qualifying round, 9 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Gold Cup and two from the North American Nations Cup), including the CONCACAF Gold Cup , Gold Cup finals from 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup , 1996 and 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup , 1998, in which they won 2-0 against Brasil national football team, Brasil and 1-0 against United States men's national soccer team, United States respectively; and 72 friendlies (50 of Annex: International soccer matches and competitions , Category "A" - against other senior teams -, 6 of the so-called "B" selection and 16 against both Mexican and foreign clubs. Los Angeles is the second stadium where the Mexican representative has played the most matches, only after its official headquarters, the Azteca Stadium, surpassing any other venue both in his country and in the United States. The stadium hosted the
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during the inaugural season of the
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in 1967, which culminated in the USA Final 1967, final championship at the Coliseum. The Los Angeles Toros of the National Professional Soccer League (1967), National Professional Soccer League also played at the Coliseum in 1967, but were moved to San Diego the following season before folding. The
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of the North American Soccer League played at the Coliseum in 1977 and 1981 between stints at the Rose Bowl.


Sculpture and commemorations

A pair of life-sized bronze nude statues of male and female athletes atop a 20,000 pound (9,000 kg) post-and-lintel frame formed the ''Olympic Gateway'' created by Robert Graham (sculptor), Robert Graham for the
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games. The statues, modeled on water polo player Terry Schroeder and long jumper from Guyana, Jennifer Inniss, who participated in the games, were noted for their anatomical accuracy. A decorative facade bearing the Olympic rings was erected in front of the peristyle for the 1984 games, and the structure remained in place through that year's football season. The stadium rim and tunnels were repainted in alternating pastel colors that were part of architect Jon Jerde's graphic design for the games; these colors remained until 1987.


"Court of Honor" plaques

"Commemorating outstanding persons or events, athletic or otherwise, that have had a definite impact upon the history, glory, and growth of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum" * 1959 World Series, 1959 Dodgers World Series, 1961 * Armistice with Germany (Compiègne), 50th Anniversary of Armistice, 1969 * John C. Argue, 2004 * Henri de Baillet-Latour, Count Baillet-Latour, 1964 * Elgin Baylor, 2009 * Joan Benoit, 2017 * Billy Graham Crusade, 1963 September 8 * William A. Bowen, Judge William A. Bowen, 1955 * Coliseum Commission – 1984 Olympics, 1984 * Coliseum Commission (1933–1944), 1970 * Coliseum Commission (1945–1970), 1970 * Coliseum Commission (1971–1998), 1998 * Coliseum Track and Field Records, 2002 * Community Development Association, 1932 * Pierre de Coubertin, 1958 * Jeff Cravath, Newell "Jeff" Cravath, 1960 * Dean Cromwell, Dean Bartlett Cromwell, 1963 * Anita DeFrantz, 2017 * Babe Zaharias, Mildred "Babe" Didrickson, 1961 * Earthquake Restoration, 1999 * John Ferraro, 2000 * John Jewett Garland, 1972 * William May Garland, 1949 * Kenneth Hahn, Kenneth F. Hahn, 1993 * Gus Henderson, Elmer "Gus" Henderson, 1971 * Paul Helms, Paul Hoy Helms, 1956 * Elroy Hirsch, Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, 2005 * Munich Massacre, Israeli Olympic Athletes, 1984 * Pope John Paul II, 1987 * Howard Jones (American football coach), Howard Harding Jones, 1955 * President
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, 1964 * Frank Leahy, Francis "Frank" Leahy, 1974 * Nelson Mandela, 2014 * James Francis McIntyre, James Francis Cardinal McIntyre and Mary's Hour, 1966 * John McKay (football coach), John McKay, 2001 * Mercy Bowl, 1961 * J.D. Morgan, 1984 * Jess Mortensen, Jesse P. Mortensen, 1963 * Jim Murray (sportswriter), Jim Murray, 1999 * William H. Nicholas, William Henry "Bill" Nicholas, 1990 * Walter O'Malley, Walter F. O'Malley, 2008 * Jesse Owens, James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens, 1984 * Charlie Paddock, Charles W. Paddock, 1955 * Los Angeles Rams, Rams Reunion, 2007 * Dan Reeves (NFL owner), Daniel Farrell Reeves, 1972 * Jackie Robinson, 2005 * Knute Rockne, 1955 * Pete Rozelle, 1998 * Henry Russell Sanders, Henry Russell "Red" Sanders, 1959 * W.R. "Bill" Schroeder, 1990 * Vin Scully, 2008 * Andy Smith (American football), Andrew Latham "Andy" Smith, 1956 * William H. Spaulding, William Henry "Bill" Spaulding, 1971 * Amos Alonzo Stagg, 1965 * Brice Taylor, Brice Union Taylor, 1975 * USC All-Americans (1880–2005), 2007 * Pop Warner, Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner, 1956 * Kenny Washington (American football), Kenneth Stanley Washington, 1972 * Jerry West, 2009 * John Wooden, John R. Wooden, 2008


Olympic Cauldron

The
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was built for the 1932 Summer Olympics and was also reused during the
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. The cauldron is a main sight on stadium and is still present in the Stadium and is lit during special events (such as the period when an edition of the Olympic Games are being held in another city or in mourning for some personality related to the city). As the stadium was the main venue on the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games the cauldron was relit by Rafer Johnson during the opening ceremonies and being extinguished again during the closing ceremony. In addition, the torch has been lit on the following historic occasions: * To honor the memory of Israeli athletes killed during the terrorist attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. * For several days following the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. * For over a week following the September 11 attacks in 2001. * The pyre was lit for a week without interruption during the official period of mourning after the death of the former American president Ronald Reagan. Reagan was the president of the United States when the city of Los Angeles hosted the
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and also declared that edition of the Games open, and was also Governor of California from 1967-75. * In April 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II, who had celebrated Mass at the Coliseum during his visit to Los Angeles in 1987. * At the
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' 50th anniversary game on March 29, 2008, during the ThinkCure! charity ceremony (while Neil Diamond's "Heartlight (song), Heartlight" was played and the majority of the attendees turned on their complimentary souvenir keychain flashlights). * For the returning
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' first home game on September 18, 2016 against the Seattle Seahawks. * On the evening of September 13, 2017, when Los Angeles was awaiting a few hours before the confirmation as the host city of the
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. * For the Coliseum Gladiator MMA Championship Finals on Sat. September 23, 2017. * For the
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' first playoff game in Los Angeles in 38 years on January 6, 2018 against the Atlanta Falcons. * To honor the victims of the 2018 California wildfires & the Thousand Oaks shooting. * For the
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' final regular season game against the San Francisco 49ers on December 30, 2018. * For the
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' playoff game against the
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Dallas Cowboys
on January 12, 2019. * For the Rams' final game in the Coliseum vs. the Arizona Cardinals on December 29, 2019. * To honor Kobe Bryant after his death on January 26, 2020. * To honor Rafer Johnson after his death on December 2, 2020. * To honor Former L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge, known to many as "Mr. Los Angeles" after his death on January 14, 2021. * To honor Dodgers Legend Tommy Lasorda after his death on January 14, 2021. * For the Kanye West and Drake (musician), Drake Larry Hoover, Larry Hoover Benefit Concert on December 9th, 2021.


In popular culture


Film

* 1923: Scenes from the Roman Age in Buster Keaton's Three Ages were filmed in the Coliseum, the first ever use of the Coliseum as a movie location. * 1927: Scenes in ''College (1927 film), College'' a 1927 comedy-drama silent film directed by James W. Horne and Buster Keaton, and starring Keaton, Anne Cornwall, and Harold Goodwin are filmed on the field of the Coliseum. * 1944: Scenes in “The Falcon in Hollywood” starring Tom Conway. * 1972: The Coliseum was used in the filming of ''Hickey & Boggs''. There is a gunfight that takes place within the stadium. * 1976: The Coliseum was the key location in the movie ''Two-Minute Warning''. * 1978: The Coliseum was used in the filming of Warren Beatty's film ''Heaven Can Wait (1978 film), Heaven Can Wait'', about a fictional Super Bowl XII game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the
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. * 1994: The outside of the Coliseum was used as a scene in D2: The Mighty Ducks. * 1996: The Coliseum was used in the filming of ''Escape from L.A.'' starring Kurt Russell, including a basketball death match. * 1997: The Coliseum was used in the filming of ''Money Talks (1997 film), Money Talks'' starring Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen. * 2002: The field and locker room were used in the filming of the pornographic ''Gangbang Girl #32'' starring Kimberly Franklin, Olivia Saint and Gauge (actress), Gauge * 2013: The stadium appears in one of the final scenes of World War Z when the army bombs the stadium full of zombies.


Television and streaming

*1972: The Coliseum was a key location in "The Most Crucial Game", the third episode of the second season of ''Columbo''. *1978: The Coliseum was used in the filming of ''The Incredible Hulk (1978 TV series), The Incredible Hulk'' episode titled "Killer Instinct". *2003: The Coliseum was used in the filming of the last episode of the 24 (season 2), second season of the television series ''24 (TV series), 24''. *2008: The Coliseum was used as the starting point of the premiere episode of ''The Amazing Race 13''. *2009: The Coliseum was featured in Life After People. 150 years after people, an earthquake brings down the Coliseum down. *2016: The Coliseum was used as the finishing point for the second episode of the Chinese reality show ''Race the World''. *2019: Top Chef: All-Stars L.A., Season 17 of Bravo's ''Top Chef'' filmed an episode at the Coliseum at the 1923 Club on the roof of the new Scholarship Club Tower. * ''Visiting... with Huell Howser'' Episode 411, which includes an interview of Robert Graham (sculptor), Robert Graham *2021: The Coliseum was used in the filming of the last episode of the fifth season of the Netflix series ''Lucifer (TV series), Lucifer''.


Video games

*2004/2013: The Maze Bank Arena featured in ''Grand Theft Auto San Andreas'' and ''Grand Theft Auto V'' has an outer wall and arch similar to the Coliseum, but has a roof. *2011: The Coliseum featured as a rallycross track in ''Dirt 3''.


See also

*
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* List of NCAA Division I FBS football stadiums * History of the National Football League in Los Angeles People * A.J. Barnes, active in fight against giving USC preferential rights in the Coliseum, 1932 * Lloyd G. Davies, Los Angeles City Council member, 1943–51, urged that the city take over full management of the Coliseum * Harold A. Henry, Los Angeles City Council president and later a member of the Coliseum Commission * Rosalind Wiener Wyman, first representative of the Los Angeles City Council on the Coliseum Commission, 1958 * Ransom M. Callicott, Los Angeles City Council, commission member, 1962


References


External links


Official website

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission
– operated by Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Sports Council

USC Trojans.com
– L.A. Memorial Coliseum
Sanborn map showing the Coliseum, 1954

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