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2015 Travel Guide: Stanford


By Greg Katz – WeAreSC

SEPT. 19: 5:00 p.m. PDT/8:00 EDT
Televised: ABC

Location: Los Angeles
Stadium: Memorial Coliseum
Capacity: 93,607
Surface: Natural Grass

Seating Chart: www.lacoliseum.com
Tickets: 213-740-GOSC

Projected Los Angeles Weather Forecast: Sunny with a high of 87 and low of 70 degrees.

Websites: www.gostanford.com/


From the West
1.Take the 10 Freeway east
2. Exit Hoover St. and turn right
3. Turn left on Jefferson St.
4. Turn right on Figueroa St.
5. Continue past campus and follow directional signs to Coliseum and parking.

From the North
1.Take the 110 Freeway south
2. Exit Exposition Blvd., turn left on Flower St.
3. Follow the directional signs to Coliseum and parking.

From the South
1.Take the 110 Freeway north
2.Exit Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
3. Turn left on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and follow directional signs to Coliseum parking lots.

From the East
1.Take the 10 Freeway west
2.Exit Los Angeles St.
3.Turn left on Broadway St. or Hill St.
4.Follow directional signs to Coliseum and parking.

Metro Express Lanes

Eleven miles of carpool lanes on the 110 Harbor Freeway have been converted to High-Occupancy Toll lanes, known as Metro Express Lanes. There will be no tollbooths. The tolls are collected electronically by a pre-paid FasTrak transponder. All toll lane users must have a FasTrak installed in their vehicle regardless of vehicle occupancy.

To learn more and sign up for FasTrak, visit: www.metroexpresslanes.net.


Parking is available on campus at the parking structures until they sell out of spaces. The rate is $25 for all lots. Public parking in the Exposition Park/Coliseum lots is $25 and is available in Lot 1, 2, & 3.

Expo Line

Skip the traffic and Go Metro on game day. Expo Line trains run every six minutes before and after games. Metro’s Silver Line also provides service to the 37th St/USC Station, just a short walk from the stadium.

Save time by getting a Metro Day Pass on a reusable TAP card before game day. They’re available at hundreds of sales outlets. And if you already have a TAP card, load it with a pass online prior to the game. For more details and to plan your trip, please check out www.metro.net/usctrojans.

Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips:

USC Campus: The Trojans are No. 6 in the country and are in the College Football Playoff conversations, so spirit will be sky high for the Pac-12 opener against the unranked but unpredictable Stanford Cardinal. We suggest you arrive early on to campus for this 5 p.m. game and enjoy listening to the Trojans Marching Band, which will be playing at various spots on campus. For an added shot of adrenalin, following the band across the street all the way to the Coliseum makes you feel part of the festivities.

For more information: www.usc.edu/dept/band/gameday_routine,html

Tailgate/Fan Fest: The Trojans Fan Fest is located on Christmas Tree Lane just east of the Coliseum, with everything a USC fan could want – food trucks, music, games, merchandise, free giveaways, vehicle displays, and more! Check out the Ralphs Ultimate Tailgate inside the Fan Fest to see how to qualify for free food and drink, dinner and pub seating, plus TVs with college football games for you to enjoy! The Trojans Fan Fest opens four hours prior to kickoff at every home game.

Trojans Walk: The Trojans should arrive on Figueroa Blvd. at approximately 2:30 p.m. for the traditional walk to the Coliseum and through the peristyle end. Get there early (2:15) to secure a good viewing spot behind the “ropes.” The best spot to watch the Trojans Walk is near the Olympic statues next to the ESPN pregame radio stage.

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Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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