Well this is gonna look...interesting.
Per Joey Kaufman of the Southern California News Group, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will remain under construction throughout the entire 2018 Los Angeles Rams regular season as well as any postseason games.
The peristyle end of the Coliseum will not feature the usual jerseys of USC’s Heisman Trophy winners in the 2018 season to make space for the addition of two party decks. pic.twitter.com/vLm0UaE1mG— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) May 31, 2018
The party decks are being added in order to accommodate donors displaced from their original seats in 2018 due to construction on the Coliseum’s south side.— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) May 31, 2018
A swath of the Coliseum’s south side will be a construction zone for the 2018 season and include a temporary press box: pic.twitter.com/b7liaGiTYR— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) May 31, 2018
Construction will stop during games, in case you were wondering.— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) May 31, 2018
Suffice to say, it’s not the most conventional looking environment. But such is the cost of progress.
It’s not breaking news. The Auxiliary Services Department of the University of Southern California, which manages and operates the facility itself, has always been transparent about their construction timeline concluding in 2019. This is the first rendering I’ve seen though of the construction area persisting through gamedays and individual team styling for the USC Trojans.
You can see a diagram of the affected seats here both due to the zone’s actual location and the seats with obstructed views.
- Replace every seat in the stadium and install handrails throughout the stadium.
- Add aisles, widen seats and increase legroom in many sections.
- Build a new structure on the south side of the stadium that will include suites, loge boxes, club seats, a new concourse, and a new press box.
- Restore the iconic peristyle to more closely resemble the stadium’s original design.
- Update/install Wi-Fi technology throughout the venue. (Author’s note: YES, THANK YOU)
- Improve audio and video, including two new large screens at the east end of the stadium.
- Add new concession stands, and improve existing stands.
- Upgrade entry concourses.
- Install new field and stadium lighting.
- Replace the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems to meet current standards.
Nothing I think anyone who has ever been to a game wouldn’t appreciate.
Here are the current renderings of what the upgrades will look like when complete:
Construction is still scheduled to be completed in between the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The Rams’ new home stadium at the LA Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park in Inglewood is still scheduled to open for the 2020 season.