The Coliseum Commission revealed plans to renovate the LA Coliseum Thursday with a $270 million investment going towards adding suites and improved seating options in the historic stadium.
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Though the university is awaiting approval on plans, they hope to begin construction following the 2017 season and aim for completion before the 2019 home opener. USC will arrange construction so that the 2018 season can be played at the Coliseum without obstruction.
"The proposed renovations place significant emphasis on improving and creating new amenities for ALL visitors and fans, as well as creating upgraded seating options that strengthen the LA Memorial Coliseum’s reputation as one of the greatest venues in college football. In addition, it will only enhance our ability to recruit and train the nation’s best and brightest student-athletes, and enable us to build upon a game day environment that is second to none."
As part of the renovation, the Coliseum’s seating capacity will be cut to 77,500 seats.
The student section and band stand will remain where they are currently, but the iconic peristyle will once again be fully visible with the removal of the Audi Suites which partially obstruct its view from inside the stadium.
Here are some quick hitters on what to expect to be accomplished in the renovations:
- Replacing every seat in the stadium and installing handrails throughout the stadium.
- Adding aisles, widening seats and increasing leg room in many sections.
- Building 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.
- Restoring the iconic peristyle to more closely resemble the stadium’s original design.
- Updating Wi-Fi technology throughout the venue.
- Improving audio and video, including two new large screens at the east end of the stadium.
- Adding new concession stands, and improving existing stands.
- Upgrading entry concourses.
- Installing new field and stadium lighting.
- Replacing the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems to meet current standards.
The Coliseum is part of Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympics so further investment could be made to get the stadium Olympics ready.
You can find out more about the renovations and renderings at ColiseumRenovation.com.