University of Southern California - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Renovation3911 S Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Design Achievement - The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was built in 1923 and the USC Trojans played their inaugural game on October 6, 1923. Since then, it’s also hosted two Olympics, two Super Bowls, a World Series, a Papal Mass, visits from three U.S. Presidents, and scores of additional sporting and social events. DLR Group led the design of a $300-million renovation and modernization to honor the tradition and heritage of the historic facility while creating a true game-day experience for USC fans, and delivering 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 tower on the south side of the stadium. This added multiple suites, loge boxes, club seats, press box, and a new concourse. This new suite tower was inserted seamlessly into the existing stadium bowl. The Los Angeles 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 the coliseum plays in the culture of Los Angeles and the United States. The modernized Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum still remains the historic coliseum in look, texture, and impression, and a key design intent was to faithfully restore the iconic peristyle’s former majestic presence.
Scope Summary - The modernization of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum encompasses well over 1,000,000 total SF. Improvements to the stadium seating and circulation reduced seating capacity from 93,607 to approximately 77,500. The modernization replaced every seat in the stadium and installed handrails throughout; adding aisles and repairing steps to enhance safety. The design intervention widened seats and increased leg room in many sections; upgraded entry concourses, installed new field and stadium lighting, improved audio and video with two new large screens on the east end of the stadium; updated Wi-Fi throughout the venue; and updated electrical, and mechanical and plumbing systems. The design and construction began after the 2017 USC football season and completed prior to the 2019 football home opener. The USC Trojans and LA Rams played the 2018 season in the Coliseum during the renovation.