Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Home to the USC football team since 1923, and a designated National Historic Landmark, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has the most diverse and all encompassing history of any stadium in the world. It has hosted two Super Bowls (I and VII), a World Series (1959), and two Olympiads (X and XXIII). Along with the adjacent Sports Arena, which closed its doors in 2016, the Coliseum is credited with helping to start the migration of professional sports teams to the West Coast. The complex provided a home for the Rams (1946-79, returning again in 2016), the Dodgers (1958-61), and the Lakers (1960-67), and has also been home to a variety of Southern California teams, including: the Raiders (1982-94), UCLA Football (1933-81), the Chargers (1960), Clippers (1984-99), USC Basketball (1959-2006), UCLA Basketball (1959-65), the Cobras (1988, Arena Football), Ice Dogs (1995-96, IHL), Sharks (1972-74, WHA), Stars (1968-70, ABA) and Kings (1967, NHL). The Coliseum has also welcomed a wide range of diverse and legendary events, such as entertainer Evel Knievel (1973), a Papal Mass by Pope John Paul II (1987), Nelson Mandela’s “Crusade against Apartheid” (1990), visits from several U.S. Presidents (FDR, JFK, and Reagan, to name a few), and endless sold-out concerts from such iconic artists as Pink Floyd, U2, The Who, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, and many more. Come find out why we are known as the "Greatest Stadium in the World"!
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  • Jason G
    Baltimore, Maryland699 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Tour
    Do the tour. It’s amazingly informative plus you get the added bonus of fantastic views of the LA skyline and Hollywood sign (off in the distance) from the top level. Tours are only on Mondays and Tuesdays so plan accordingly.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Tom N
    Naples, Florida5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely incredible experience
    My son and I were visiting LA to take in a couple baseball games and decided at the last minute to tour the LA Memorial Coliseum. The tour was truly extraordinary. Our tour "guide" was actually one of the organizational leaders, which allowed for an amazing experience. Tina first took us up the Scholarship Tower and to the 1923 Club level. The view of the city and the stadium was incredible. We visited the suites at several levels, the outdoor seating and walked about the Peristyle. No wording I provide here can capture how impressed we were with the experience. Thanks Tina for sharing all the history, the stories about lighting the torch and much more. I highly recommend any true sports fan visit this institution!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Andrew Q
    394 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour but beware about Will Call tickets
    I booked online and had to pick up the tickets at Will Call. However, Will Call only operates on game days. You have to go to the box office at Gate 29 to get your tickets. Beware the box office does not open until 10 am so if you are on the first tour at 10 am you have to get your tickets first. In my case the guide very helpfully called the box office and we went round there and I got my ticket. The tour was great, we started at the bar at the top of the grandstand. We saw a box that costs $10 million for ten years and then went into one of the suites which are $40 million. We then went down onto the field and into the home and away team locker rooms.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 30, 2024
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AlexWoo153uk
Taunton, UK276 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Not everyday you can walk into a two times Olympiad venue. But thanks to Richard, front gate opens and it was pretty much a private viewing of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The 1920's construction style is certainly imposing. The great entrance flanked with the stones from Coliseum Rome and Altis Olympia Greece. The placards of the Olympians of the 1932 and 1984 Games. It's all history. Don't forget this is also home of Super Bowl, NFL, MLB, USC and a memorial to Los Angeles veterans of World War I.

But it will become a 3 times venue in 2028 when the Games return.
Written January 3, 2023
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Tom N
Naples, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
My son and I were visiting LA to take in a couple baseball games and decided at the last minute to tour the LA Memorial Coliseum. The tour was truly extraordinary. Our tour "guide" was actually one of the organizational leaders, which allowed for an amazing experience. Tina first took us up the Scholarship Tower and to the 1923 Club level. The view of the city and the stadium was incredible. We visited the suites at several levels, the outdoor seating and walked about the Peristyle. No wording I provide here can capture how impressed we were with the experience. Thanks Tina for sharing all the history, the stories about lighting the torch and much more. I highly recommend any true sports fan visit this institution!
Written September 22, 2023
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Jason G
Baltimore, MD699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Do the tour. It’s amazingly informative plus you get the added bonus of fantastic views of the LA skyline and Hollywood sign (off in the distance) from the top level. Tours are only on Mondays and Tuesdays so plan accordingly.
Written July 12, 2023
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Xraylady1021
Lafayette, LA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Even though we lost the game and our QB, we really enjoyed the atmosphere. Fans, security, vendors and pretty much everybody was SUPER nice, both before and after the game. I was glad I got to go to a game there while it was still standing and before the new one opened!
Written February 11, 2020
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Erik Taylor
British Columbia, Canada49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Excellent concert venue. We recently visited LA to see Ramstein at this lovely open air facility. Lots of gates made getting in a breeze. The venue staff were friendly, and the facilities were clean. The historic feel was cool too.
Written September 26, 2022
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Barb T
Sylvania, OH38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Saw a USC game. Nice historic stadium. Took the advice of another reviewer and parked at the Staples Center for $15 and took the train for $3.50 round trip to/from the Coliseum. Avoided all parking and traffic hassles and was right next door to L.A. Live after the game to get drinks and food.
Written October 30, 2015
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canyonmom
Melbourne, Australia103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
We came for a Rams game. It was my first NFL game so here's some tips for others who might have been in the same boat. You can't bring in bags or backpacks. Most people carry clear 12" x 12" NFL branded clear tote bags. Women can bring in a purse the size of their palm, but they are very strict about it. Mine was okay, but my mothers which was just a few inches larger was not. They took it to security and she had to pick it up after the game. There are express lines if you don't have a bag. You can bring in 2 bottles of water but they must be factory sealed. We froze ours the night before, so we had cold water at the game. They had free water re-fill stations (not sure if these are permanent - apparently they had run out of bottled water at the first Rams game). Food is VERY expensive so I advise eating before you arrive. The best value I found there was a hot dog for $6.50. All other hot food was $10 - $15. Lines were long for beer at half time and at some of the food stands, other food stands were okay. Some places were selling water for $7 but we saw it for $5 at others so check around. The rules say no food allowed but we were able to bring in small bags of pop corn, pretzels etc. I saw other people bringing in similar items so I'm guessing the no food rule relates more to hot food or picnic meals. If you arrive early, check all the gates, some open earlier than others. They will allow you to enter the stadium early, but have a set time before you can enter the Coliseum itself. I heard there was problems getting people in on the first game against the Seahawks. They must have ironed out the kinks because we didn't see any long lines of people waiting to get in and the stadium was pretty much full when our game started. To be on the safe side, I'd advise arriving at least an hour before the game starts. We had seats behind the goals in Section 13. There is one big screen which was directly behind us, it was a pain in the neck (literally) as we had to twist our heads around to see it. It would have been better if we sat on the sides or at the other end so we can see the screen more clearly. There is a much smaller screen at the other end of the stadium where the VIP area is, but it's not nearly as clear. The seats are individual, not bench style. I didn't find them uncomfortable. You can't bring in umbrellas and there is no shade anywhere, so wear a big hat and sunscreen if it's hot. I also saw a lot of people wearing caps with towels in the hat that hung over their necks, I think they wet them to keep cool. Wait time at the bathrooms wasn't too bad considering the crowd. We took the Metro and it was great. One tip, make sure you have your return fare loaded on to the card when you arrive at the game. There are long lines at the machines afterwards. Also very long lines to get out of there on Metro, it does move regularly so be patient. We actually went to Starbucks and chilled there for a while until the lines eased up a little. There are lots of warnings that parking is not available. My parents parked at a restaurant opposite the Coliseum for $80 (crazy, I know). I also heard there is parking at USC and I did see $10 parking available a few stops down the Metro line. If you arrive early, you could try that but I imagine it goes fast. The Coliseum itself was clean and it was nice to feel the history there. There was a strong law enforcement presence and Metro employees working which was nice as it's not a great area.
Written October 11, 2016
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Dick R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
We had a fun filled very informative tour of the LA Coliseum. It is amazing to learn of all of the major events that have been held there from tow Olympics, World Series, Super Bowls, College football and Pro football. The tour included the press box, coaches box, roof of the press box where the view is spectacular, the dressing rooms and the field. The tour guide was exceptional. I have been going there since 1946 and learned so much more.
Written March 16, 2016
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jackie049
Fort Worth, TX126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
LA is a car city, but as an alum that no longer lives there I have finally started using mass transit into the Colliseum for USC games and recommend it, if you learn the basics.

First off the definitions: Metro Rail is an urban rail system in Los Angeles. Metrolink is a commuter rail system that brings people into LA and then hooks up to the Metro Rail and Metro Bus. I think that is what confuses people: these terms are NOT interchangeable but completely different forms of transit. If you ask "how do I catch the metro?" it doesn't get you far. If you ask "how do I catch the train?" you may end up on the way to San Diego. To use the rail system to get to the game you want MetroRail (a combination of light rail and subway).

Tap Card: looks like a hotel key card and fares you purchase we be loaded on to it so that when you go through a turnstile at a station you will "tap" your card and the fare is electronically deducted. Stations have "vending" machines and you will purchase a Tap card and a fare to be loaded onto it. Don't throw the Tap card away, who knows you may get the hang of this faster than I did and hit the town.

What rail line to take: Your goal is to catch the Expo Line from the 7th St/Metro Station because from this station you catch the rail line that serves USC/Colliseum. Know exactly where you are coming from and then you can go online or ask your hotel/friends to help you find which Metro Rail line and transfers you need to get to the 7th Street/Metro Station to catch the Expo line to USC. For example, we are in South Pasadena and the closet rail station is Union Station. We can drive/park there, or ride share (uber) to Union Station and take the red line to 7th Street Metro Station and transfer to the Expo Line. Once we tried to bypass Union Station and ride share directly to 7th street/Metro Station. We found that at street level there is no big signage that says "7th Street Metro Station", so if you get to 7th and Flower Street, or 660 S Figuero (in the Financial District) you are there. Get out of your taxi, ride share etc and look for people taking escalators DOWN into the station. If you see anyone in a USC team colors just ask them to show you what to do (follow the football gear).

Once inside the station look for the big vending machines, you will see lots of people using them to buy a Tap card and fare for the Expo Line. There are also employees and staff available. Feel free to ask for help, they want you to use the Metro system.

Once on the Expo Line you can get off at Jefferson St. which is the north end of campus and where the new University Village is. Or continue directly to Exposition Park which is the closest station to the coliseum and is on the south end of campus.

Return fare. if you did not book a round trip fare you can purchase one at a small table set up for this just south of the tracks. Do this NOW, not after the game to avoid crowds.

After the game: you can do the reverse, but in addition to the light rail back to 7th street they now have Express Buses to help handle the large crowds after the game that need to get to 7thSt/Metro Station to make connections. The buses are faster. Then at 7th/Metro catch the other line you came in on, get a cab or call an Uber.

Ride Share at Union Station: Very important that if you want them to pick you up at Union they are supposed to use "Pick up and Drop off" which is noted on the building but is underground. As soon as you book your ride, call the driver to make sure they know to come into the underground parking area to get you. This is especially important due to safety if you went to a game that ended after dark or are new to the city. Union Station security will keep an eye out for you. I am not sure of the ride share set up at other stations.

Metrorail will cost you about 5.00 or so round trip.
Parking in the area of the Coliseum is limited, expensive ($50-150) and real confusing after the game due to road closures directing people out of the neighborhood. You'll rarely go out the way you game in and that can be more time consuming and stressful than learning the Metro system.
You can sometimes get an Uber to get you to the game but not out of it (they can't get to you)

We use ride share to get to a station and then let rail get us to the campus/Colliseum. And then we use rail to get out of the post game crowds and then call ride share/taxi.
Written November 7, 2017
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BusyInTorrance
Torrance, CA67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
We took the 10:30 am guided tour. Bob was our tour guide. He is a walking encyclopedia and not just about the LA Coliseum but about history in general. If it wasn't for Bob, it would almost be another building with a bunch of plaques and steel and concrete however Bob makes history and the events which occurred at the Coliseum come alive. He knows the who, what, and when of major historical events which occurred at the Coliseum and early LA/Calif. history leading up to the building of the Coliseum. He is fascinating to listen to and he weaves in movies and poignant stories about the historical figures which are connected to the Coliseum from religious figures who have appeared at the Coliseum like the Pope and Billy Graham to the major league sports teams and universities which used the venue as their home stadium like the LA Rams, Raiders, Dodgers, UCLA Bruins and of course, USC Trojans. The Coliseum was the host of two world Olympics and countless concerts. It was a 90 minute tour however Bob ran over which was great - we could have stayed and listened for hours more as Bob had so much interesting information to share. You can also take a self-guided tour however I am not sure why anyone would want to do that unless it was due to schedule issues. The Coliseum is right next to USC and several excellent LA County museums so a family can make a day of it at this site. There is a Metro Link train that goes near this site and inside one of the near-by museums you can get something to eat. Bring water and a camera and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Written December 31, 2015
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