Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles CA 90037
- Mon: 9am-5pm
- Tue: 9am-5pm
- Wed: 9am-5pm
- Thu: 9am-5pm
- Fri: 9am-5pm
- Sat: 9am-5pm
- Sun: 9am-5pm
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a historical structure that has stood in place for over nine decades. It is the home of the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans' football games, but it also hosts an array of other competitive events, like soccer matches, as well as non-athletic events, like concerts and religious gatherings.
There are eight parking lots and one VIP parking area immediately next to the coliseum.
Six parking lots, within USC premises, are also available in the blocks north of the coliseum.
Additional parking can be found at the Shrine Auditorium just north of the university. Parking prices vary depending on the event.
Hotels near the Coliseum
The Radisson Hotel at USC is within walking distance of the coliseum. Less than a mile away is the Vagabond Inn at USC. Just a bit further is the Americas Best Value Inn & Suites, which is a reasonably priced stay. There are many small hotels and motels besides, but you will do well to research on specialized websites like Hotel.com.
Seating at the Coliseum
The coliseum has a football seating chart, a soccer seating chart, and one for non-athletic events. Check them out on this page.
Food at the Coliseum
The coliseum has about a dozen food stands within its premises, including a food court. No alcohol is served during football games. Security checks bags at the entrance. Outside food and drink are not allowed in.
Parking Alternatives at the Coliseum
The Jefferson/USC Station of the Metro Expo Line stops about half a mile away from the coliseum. There are also multiple buses that can take you there. Plan your trip on metro.net.
What to Bring to the Coliseum
You can bring sealed bottles of water, up to two per person, as long as they hold less than 17 ounces. No other food or drink, nor coolers, are allowed in the stadium.
Small cameras (no detachable lenses) are allowed in. No video cameras or tripods.
No baby strollers.
This is an outdoor venue, so keep an eye on the weather forecast. Bring sunscreen or jackets accordingly.
Insider Tip for the Coliseum
Food at the coliseum tends to be pricey. If you want to do as many locals do, bring cash and try the hot dogs that will be sold outside the gates by street vendors before and after the event.
The Figueroa Swap Meet has gained fame of its own and happens one Sunday per month in Parking Lot 6 (within coliseum grounds). Admission is $1. Visit their website and plan ahead.
Author's bio: Dena Burroughs has lived in Los Angeles for almost 30 years. She loves soccer, Shakespeare, and dancing Salsa. VidaSalsera.com is her own website.