MEDIA ADVISORY: USC breaks ground on $270 million Coliseum renovation

January 24, 2018


USC kicks off a game-changing renovation that honors the Coliseum’s rich history, while adding amenities to vastly enhance the visitor experience. Improvements include new seating, more legroom, a new concourse and press box, new and upgraded concession stands, and LED lighting. Wi-Fi is being improved throughout the venue. Construction of the Scholarship Club Tower on the Coliseum’s south side will provide suites, loge boxes and club seats. 

Media RSVP: Ron Mackovich at or (213) 810-8583 to reserve a spot on the riser.

WHAT: Groundbreaking ceremony for two-year, $270 million Coliseum renovation project.

WHEN: Jan. 29, 2018 at noon. Media crews are asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Memorial Coliseum Peristyle.


  • USC President C. L. Max Nikias
  • USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
  • Los Angeles City Council member Curren Price
  • USC Trojan Marching Band

PARKING: Media may enter at the West 39th Street and Figueroa Street entrance.


About the renovation



This is part of USC’s commitment to the long-term viability of the Coliseum, a community treasure that hasn’t seen major renovations in over two decades. The two-year Coliseum renovation project, which officially kicks off Jan. 29, will create a first-class experience for fans and athletes, while preserving the integrity of this historic landmark. The $270 million renovation will be funded by sponsorships, gifts and donations. The iconic peristyle will be fully restored.

More information about the Coliseum Renovation is available here. Additional images are available here.