University of Southern California - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Renovation

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    • University of Southern California
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Design Achievement - The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was built in 1923 and the USC Trojans played their first game there on Oct. 6, 1923. Since then it’s also hosted two Olympics, two Super Bowls, a World Series, a Papal Mass, visits by three U.S. Presidents, and scores of additional sporting and social events. DLR Group led the design of a $315-million modernization to honor the tradition and heritage of the historic facility while creating a true game-day experience for all USC fans, and deliver a decided home field advantage for the Trojan football program. A focal point of the modernization is the design and construction of a new suite and press deck inserted seamlessly into the existing bowl on the south side of the stadium. The renovation added multiple suites, loge boxes, club seats, press boxes, and a new concourse. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is one of four historic athletic stadiums designated as National Historic Landmarks by the National Park Service. DLR Group’s design retains the coliseum’s official landmark status while also being sensitive to the place it plays in the culture of Los Angeles and the United States. The modernized Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will retain its historic look, texture, and impression. A key design intent faithfully restored the iconic peristyle to more closely resemble the stadium’s original 1923 design. 

Scope Summary - The modernization of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum encompasses well over 1,000,000 total SF. The improvements to the stadium seating and aisles reduced seating capacity from 93,607 to approximately 77,500. The modernization plans replaced every seat in the stadium and installed handrails throughout; added aisles and repaired steps to enhance safety, widened seats and increased leg room in many sections; added a new structure on the south side of the stadium that includes suites, loge boxes, club seats, a new concourse, and a new press box; updated entry concourses; installed new field and stadium lighting; improved audio and video with two new large screens relocated to the east end of the stadium; updated Wi-Fi throughout the venue; and replaced the electrical, and mechanical and plumbing systems to meet current standards. The design and construction resumed in January 2018 after the 2017 USC football season. The L.A. Rams will be the first team to play in the newly renovated stadium for a pre-season game against the Denver Broncos. The USC Trojans open the 2019/2020 season on August 31 against Fresno State. DLR Group provided master planning, architecture, and interior design services.

University of Southern California - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Renovation

University of Southern California