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2016 WeAreSC Travel Guide: California

by Greg Katz – WeAreSC.com


OCT. 27: 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET
Televised: ESPN
Location: Los Angeles
Stadium: Memorial Coliseum
Capacity: 93,607
Surface: Natural Grass
Seating Chart: www.lacoliseum.com
Ticket: 213-740-GOSC

Los Angeles Thursday Weather Game Day Forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 78, 49% humidity, and a low of 60 degrees.

Websites: calbears.com/usctrojans.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.

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.

Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips


Because the USC-California game is on a school day, on-campus tailgating will not be allowed (on-campus parking will be available after 5:30 p.m.), but there are many alternatives available for fans. Those options are detailed at usctrojans.com/thursday. Tailgating options include the Trojan Athletic Fund Pre-Game Party at the Coliseum, the Football Pre-Game Tailgate at the Galen Center, a free Student Tailgate in Exposition Park’s Jesse A. Brewer Park, the Coliseum Clubs (for TAF members only) and the Ralphs Ultimate Tailgate Experience outside the Coliseum’s peristyle. Parking options include the USC Parking Center, USC Parking

Structures 1 and 2 and the L.A. Convention Center Venice Lot (with a free shuttle), as well as using the Metro Expo Light Rail or Metro Busway Silver Line. Parking at the Coliseum lots will open at 2 p.m. for pass holders.


Get into the Trojan Game Day spirit by watching the Trojan Marching Band at one of their pre-game performances through-out campus, and then follow along as they march to the LA Coliseum. For more information, visit www.usc.edu/dept/band/Gameday routine.html


The Coliseum prohibits bags, backpacks and other containers from entering the venue, with the following exceptions:

  • One bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and does not exceed 12” by 6” and 12”, or;
  • A one-gallon clear plastic storage bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, guests may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, oversized seat cushions with pockets or metal structures, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size. These measures are designed to promote public safety while encouraging guests to limit the items they bring into the venue to create a more efficient screening and entry process. We

ask that all items are visible when entering the venue. The fewer items that are concealed, the quicker the process becomes. All approved bags are subject to inspection upon entry. For more information on the Coliseum Bag Policy, please visit www.lacoliseum.com/beclear

Trojans Fan Fest: The Trojans Fan Fest is located on Christmas Tree Lane just east of the Coliseum, with everything a Trojans fan could want – food trucks, music, games, merchandise, free giveaways, vehicle displays, and more. And make sure to stop by the Ralphs Ultimate Tailgate inside the fan fest to see how to qualify for free food and drinks, dining, and pub seating, plus TVs of other college football games to enjoy. Trojan Fan Fest opens four hours prior to kickoff at every home game.

Trojans Walk – The Trojans should arrive at the Coliseum for their traditional “walk” between 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurant

The Palm Restaurant: 1100 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, Ca. 90015



Greg Katz
Greg Katz

Now in his 58th 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 staff writer 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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