Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Turns 100

The historic venue celebrates its 100th anniversary, marking a century of memorable moments that include two Summer Olympic Games.

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January 8, 2024, 10:00 AM PST

By Clement Lau


View looking up at stone entrance arch with name and Olympic rings at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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The historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum celebrates its 100th anniversary this month, marking one hundred years of memorable moments. The multi-purpose venue on Figueroa Street in Exposition Park is a living memorial to Los Angeles veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I and rededicated to all U.S. veterans of the war in 1968. The Coliseum’s legacy of events includes two Summer Olympic Games, the 1972 Watts benefit concert to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the 1965 Watts riots, and The Rolling Stones “Tattoo You” concert in 1981. The stadium has also been home to USC Trojan football since October 1923 and will host the 2028 Summer Olympics.

This article by Rodd A. Amos discusses the unique history of the legendary Coliseum and includes quotes from the following prominent individuals with unique knowledge and experience of the iconic stadium:

  • Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 2nd District
  • George L. Pla, President of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission
  • Al Naipo, Chief Administrative Officer at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission

The Coliseum is a 77,500-capacity multi-purpose stadium that opened in 1923. The stadium is well-known as one of the nation’s best venues to experience college football. The facility underwent major renovations in 2019, including the addition of a seven-story suite and press tower with luxurious suites, loge boxes, club seats, a new press box, and the rooftop 1923 Club with a 360-degree view of the Los Angeles basin, along with several upgrades including new seating, updated technology and concession stands, additional food options for guests.

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