Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Best Seat in the House
- Classic bowl, old-world charm. Nothing compares to this little haven in the middle of such a large city in southern California. Just arriving to the front of the stadium engraves in your soul the history lesson you're inadvertently going to receive while watching one of the most dynamic programs in the country. The only home to host two Olympic Games ('32 and '84) as well as Super Bowls and World Series. You are about to find your seat in a National Historic Landmark. This all takes place before Traveler leads the team out onto the field. You're not finding a bad seat in this house, but to be sure, make your way to where the music is being played by the Song Girls. Sit in Section 20, take in a game played on perhaps the most historic field you can find.
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Year Opened: 1923 | Field Surface: Natural Grass
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been the Trojans' home since it opened in 1923 and was built for $800,000. The Coliseum is part of the 17-acre Exposition Park, which includes museums and the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Coliseum hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games. It also is credited with attracting professional teams in their migration to the West Coast. In addition to the Trojans, the Coliseum has been home to UCLA, the Rams, Raiders, Dons and Dodgers.
In 1993, the Coliseum underwent a $15 million renovation, which included removal of the track, adding 8,000 seats and upgrading the locker rooms. The Northridge Earthquake in 1994 damaged the stadium and prompted $93 million in repairs. Upgrades also were performed in 2008, bring seating capacity to 93,607.
The stadium's Court of Honor features 54 commemorative plaques honoring outstanding people and events that have impacted the stadium.
Traveler, the white horse who appears at home football games, may have made its debut in 1961, but it was not the school's first mascot or even first horse. A white horse had appeared at games as early as 1927. The Trojans also had several dog mascots, including George Tirebiter, a mutt who first appeared in 1940 (and was dognapped by UCLA in 1947). George finally chased one car too many and was killed by an automobile in 1950. Traveler VII is the latest white horse to gallop around the Coliseum.
Probably USC's most famous symbol is not live, but a statue of Tommy Trojan, the bronze warrior unveiled in 1930. Located in the center of campus, Tommy Trojan portrays the school's fighting spirit and has been subject to numerous pranks both by USC students and those from other schools, particularly rival UCLA. Nobody is sure where the name Tommy originated.
Almost every school has cheerleaders, but few reach the fame of USC's Song Girls, more a dance troupe than a cheer squad. The first group started in 1967 with seven women and have become internationally famous with their trademark white, monogrammed uniforms.
The Spirit of Troy marching band started as early as the 1880s and the 350-member band is notable for its Trojan headpieces, performances in other stadiums, including the Rose Bowl, and its prominence in movies.
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