USC: Save the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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USC is planning to break ground on a $270 million renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at the beginning of 2018. The Coliseum, which opened in 1923, is in significant need of improvements to ensure its place as one of the greatest and most historic stadiums in the world.
While USC's proposal addresses many issues with the facility, it also creates a litany of new problems. Among them:
- A new tower of suites and luxury seating would be placed into the existing seating bowl, obstructing views and taking away key sideline seats. In addition, the design of this new tower fails to blend in with the historic structure of the Coliseum.
- The capacity of the Coliseum would drop from approximately 93,000 seats down to 77,500 seats - well below the maximum capacity of the Rose Bowl or the new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park.
- To accommodate the new luxury seats and the reduced capacity, every USC season ticket holder will be required to vacate seats that they have held for years, if not decades.
We ask that USC reconsider their renovation proposal and put together a plan that blends seamlessly with the historic structure, keeps the capacity at a level that is fitting for major events in Los Angeles, and is respectful to the fans who fill the stadium regularly.
With the Olympics returning to Los Angeles for the third time in 2028, the world will once again turn their eyes to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. We hope that this historic facility will be modernized in a way that will make us proud.
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