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“Great Concert, okay venue”

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Owner description: 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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“Great Concert, okay venue”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

The Memorial Coliseum is frequently used for concerts. We recently attended Roger Waters "The Wall" concert, which was amazing. However, the Coliseum was another story.

Security pat downs are required to enter. They confiscated our unopened bottles of water, and other peoples drinks, but randomly let through people with reusable bottles (even though the security person in our line said that wasn't allowed).

Ticketmaster did not indicate that our seats were in an obstructed viewing area (as in no view of the stage at all!). When we reached our section, we lucked out and found a security person waiting there to relocate us to another section (closer and better seats). Other people weren't so lucky. They were seated in obstructed view sections and had to ask to be moved. As concert time got closer, confusion reigned supreme as lines of people were redirected to other sections to be assigned new seats (many got far worse seats than they had paid for). Because of this the concert was late getting started. There was insufficient staff to handle the amount of people who needed to be reseated.

Food and drink is horribly overpriced, $6 for a bottle of water, $8 or more for other drinks. There isn't anything below $5, not even pretzels or popcorn. With $25 for parking and poor staff training, I'd be reluctant to go to the Coliseum again.

Visited May 2012
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“Historic stadium Olympics and USC football”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

A must see for anyone who is a sportsman. The 100,000 seat stadium is home to the USC Trojan football team, Rolling Stones concerts, the first Dodgers baseball game played in LA, motocross, rave concerts, Brazil v. Mexico soccer, Olympic track and field and other major events.

Visited September 2011
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Los Angeles, California
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“Great Stadium!”
Reviewed January 21, 2012

The best stadium in the area! The seats are actually comfortable! I appreciate the many restrooms in the Coliseum, one never has to wander too far to find one. And during USC games, the Coliseum has the best food vendors!

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Los Angeles, California
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“USC Games”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

The Colisuem is old and dated.... The only thing really going on is USC games which are great.

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Brisbane, Australia
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“Great Experience LA Coliseum”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Huge atmosphere at the college football game UCLA vs USC. Very friendly security guy explained about the car park BBQs. The whole thing was just amazing and our 2 boys just loved it - the bands, the game, the cheerleaders, the food stalls.

Visited December 2011
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