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Los Angeles Coliseum unveils revamp

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has reopened, revealing major upgrades that will improve patron experience.

The Coliseum has served generations of Angelenos for almost 100 years through sporting events, concerts, as well as public appearances by US presidents and international dignitaries.

The stadium has been home to the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans football team since 1923 and has been used to host the summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984. It is also the temporary home of the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and will be used again for the Olympics in 2028.

However, after decades of serving Los Angeles, the Coliseum was in need of a refresh to ensure that it provided an exceptional experience for today’s fans.

To solve this, global engineering and consulting firm Arup worked closely with design firm DLR Group and USC to upgrade amenities and improve services at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, including:

  • Providing multidisciplinary services, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing, IT & Communications, as well as audiovisual and acoustic services on the new seven-story Scholarship Club Tower that provides 360-degree views of LA, premium seating, new suites and an upgraded press box
  • Improving food and beverage amenities in the new tower, including the addition of full-service kitchens
  • Providing high-speed WiFi coverage and improved cellular coverage for the whole stadium
  • Providing patrons with state-of-the-art audiovisual experience through new displays and speakers, as well as new scoreboards, game clocks, timers, and ribbon boards
  • Uniting a previously siloed network, allowing USC to operate different systems from one converged network.

DLR Group Principal Don Barnum, AIA, said: “DLR Group embarked on a five-year journey with USC and the Coliseum Commission to revitalise the 96-year-old Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and make it a viable asset for its next 100 years. It was important to maintain the historical integrity of this National Historic Landmark and to bring the fan experience up to modern competitive standards. Rebuild was never an option that was considered. The shared goal of the Coliseum Commission and USC was to maintain and enhance the rich history of this world-renowned facility.”