USC’s athletic department has unveiled early plans for a $270 million renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, according to the school’s official athletic website. If approved by the Coliseum Commission, construction for the upgrades would begin following the 2017 season so that it could be completed in time for the 2019 campaign.
“The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a treasure not just for Los Angeles but for the state of California, and its renovation is long overdue,” said USC President C.L. Max Nikias. “Our Board of Trustees has enthusiastically endorsed our plans and we are pleased to now present them to the Coliseum Commission. We believe these renovations will strengthen the Coliseum’s reputation as one of the world’s great venues, and also will enhance our world-class athletic programs that utilize the Coliseum.”
The project would reduce the 92-year-old stadium’s capacity from 93,607 to 77,500, while replacing every seat in the stadium to make room for handrails and more aisles, and widen seats for increased leg room in many sections. It also features a new structure on the south side of the stadium that will include suites, loge boxes, club seats, a new concourse, and a new press box. You can see more details of the proposal here.
“We are committed to providing our players, coaches and fans with one of the best facilities in the nation,” said athletic director Pat Haden. “This needed renovation to a stadium built in 1923 will ensure that the game-day experience gives all fans options to enjoy the stadium’s new amenities while recognizing the loyalty of our long-time fans.
“It also will provide our football team with a first-class facility and a home field advantage.”
According to the statement, the renovation will be funded entirely by USC Athletics from capital gifts, sponsorship revenue, non-USC events at the Coliseum and donor naming opportunities. It will not require any student fees or general university, local, state or federal funds.
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