The renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (USC)
A $315 million renovation is wrapping up at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a landmark stadium that has hosted two Olympic Games in addition to professional sports teams and major events.
University of Southern California, which manages the stadium, began the project at the almost century-old venue on North Figueroa Street in Exposition Park, just south of downtown Los Angeles, nearly two years ago with funding from private donations, including a gift from United Airlines that earned the corporation naming rights at the stadium.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who is president of the Coliseum Commission, said the renovation pays homage to the property’s history and intention.
"It has not only been home to iconic L.A. sports teams from the Dodgers to the L.A. Rams to the [USC] Trojans, it has hosted Pope John Paul II, President John F. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela," Hahn said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony this month at the Coliseum. "But the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is more than an arena. It is a living war memorial that the people of this city built to honor the memories of the young men from Los Angeles who died in World War I.”
The project’s goal was to preserve the Coliseum while modernizing its facilities. The Coliseum is expected to host its third Olympic Games in 2028. The USC Trojans college football team plays at the venue, and the National Football League’s L.A. Rams are scheduled to play their home games there this season while a new stadium is built in nearby Inglewood.
The renovation, designed by DLR Group, included replacing the seats in the stadium and creating a "Scholarship Club Tower," with a press box, a rooftop deck and executive suites. The home team locker room received new lockers, floors and a paint job. The rest of the stadium has more aisles and railings as well as enhanced WiFi and new television screens.
The state of California and the city and county of Los Angeles jointly own the Coliseum. USC’s lease agreement at the site extends through 2111.