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USC Football: LA Coliseum re-seating plan revealed

Mar 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of Southern California Trojans football helmet and the Olympic torch at the peristyle end of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Coliseum operated by USC will serve as the temporary home of the Los Angeles Rams after NFL owners voted 30-2 to allow Rams owner Stan Kroenke (not pictured) to relocate the franchise from St. Louis for the 2016 season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of Southern California Trojans football helmet and the Olympic torch at the peristyle end of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Coliseum operated by USC will serve as the temporary home of the Los Angeles Rams after NFL owners voted 30-2 to allow Rams owner Stan Kroenke (not pictured) to relocate the franchise from St. Louis for the 2016 season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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USC unveiled the new seating plan for the LA Coliseum on Thursday, as preparations begin for the $270 million renovation of the historic stadium.

Trojan Athletic Fund members and current USC Football season ticketholders now have an idea of what the new LA Coliseum will look like in 2019 — and how the changes will affect their seating.

The university unveiled the new seating plan for the LA Coliseum, with capacity shrinking from 93,607 to 77,500.

Why the downsizing? Because upgrades to the Coliseum include the new Scholarship Club Tower which will swallow up sections on the south side of the stadium, as well as completely new and wider seats across the board. Adding more leg room to certain sections has also eliminated some rows.

Sections will now be designated across three levels of seating: 100, 200 and 300. The addition of new aisles will split sections into sides A and B.

Re-seating will go into affect after construction is completed ahead of the 2019 season. Though USC will be able to play home games at the Coliseum in 2018 in the midst of construction, some TAF members will be displaced.

TAF members in general will be the first to make their new seat selections, beginning with Scholarship Club members then down each level with priority based on lifetime giving to USC Athletics.

The process of contacting each season ticketholder is expected to take 15 months.

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Because of the renovations, season ticketholders will be required to pay a one-time “Coliseum Restoration Gift” to help pay for the upgrades. The max amount due for Scholarship Club members is $6,000 while Committee members will be due $3,000, Cardinal & Gold Premier members $1,500, Cardinal & Gold members $500 and Trojan Club members $100. Said gifts apply per seat and will be payable over four years.

Ticketholders in general seating will not have to give the additional one-time donation.

For more information on USC’s re-seating plan, click here.

The bulk of construction will begin following the 2017 season, but the university has already begun the renovation process, most notably with the restoration of the Peristyle. Already the video boards atop the Peristyle have been removed and new video boards are set to be added before the start of the season.

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