The NFL returns to the massive and venerable Los Angeles Coliseum   Leave a comment


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USC Trojans game

 

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The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is an American sports stadium located in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The stadium serves as the current home to the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans football team, and as the temporary home for the National Football League (NFL)’s Los Angeles Rams. The Coliseum was home to the Rams from 1946 to 1979, when they moved to Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. From 1982 to 1994, the Los Angeles Raiders played in the Coliseum. The facility has a listed seating capacity of 93,607 for USC football games, making it the largest football stadium in the Pac-12 Conference, and a capacity of 80,000 for Rams games making the stadium the fourth largest in the NFL.

The stadium is located in Exposition Park next to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and across the street from USC. The Coliseum and Sports Arena are jointly owned by the state of California, Los Angeles County, and the city of Los Angeles. Both facilities are managed and operated by the Auxiliary Services Department of the University of Southern California.

The Coliseum is the first stadium to have hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984 and has been proposed to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The stadium was the temporary home of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball from 1958 to 1961 and was the host venue for games 3, 4, and 5 of the 1959 World Series. It was the site of the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game, later called Super Bowl I, and Super Bowl VII. Additionally, it has served as a home field for a number of other teams, including the Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL, and UCLA Bruins football. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on July 27, 1984, the day before the opening ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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Rams playing in the Coliseum in the 1970’s

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104,953 — vs. Notre Dame 1947 (USC home game; Highest attendance for a football game in the Coliseum)

 

The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Rams compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Rams franchise has won three NFL championships, and is the only franchise to win championships while representing three different cities (Cleveland in 1945, Los Angeles in 1951, and St. Louis in 1999).

The franchise began in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The club was owned by Homer Marshman and featured players such as William “Bud” Cooper, Harry “The Horse” Mattos, Stan Pincura, and Mike Sebastian. Damon “Buzz” Wetzel joined as general manager.

After winning the 1945 NFL Championship Game, the franchise moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1946, making way for Paul Brown’s Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference and becoming the only NFL championship team to play the following season in another city. The club played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving into a reconstructed Anaheim Stadium in nearby Anaheim in 1979.

After the 1994 NFL season, the Rams left California and moved east to St. Louis, Missouri. Five seasons after relocating, the team won Super Bowl XXXIV in a 23–16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Rams continued to play in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis until the end of the 2015 NFL season, when the team filed notice with the NFL of its intent to pursue a relocation back to Los Angeles. At an owners’ meeting in January 2016, the move was approved by a 30–2 margin, and the Rams announced their intent to return to the city for the 2016 NFL season.

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Rams practicing in the Coliseum on September 11th, 2016

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Grounds crews paint and prep the field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Los Angeles Rams first pre-season home game. Los Angeles, CA. August 12, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

Grounds crews paint and prep the field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Los Angeles Rams first pre-season home game. Los Angeles, CA. August 12, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

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The Rams will be in the Coliseum through to the 2018 season. The new Rams stadium ‘City of Champions Stadium’ is scheduled to be ready for the 2019 season.

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Posted September 15, 2016 by markosun in Buildings, Sports

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