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2018 WeAreSC Travel Guide – Washington State


SEPT. 21: 7:30 p.m. PDT/10:30 P.M. EDT
Televised: ESPN
Location: Los Angeles, California
Stadium: Coliseum
Capacity: 78,467
Surface: Natural grass
Seating Chart: https://www.lacoliseum.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Coliseum-Seating-Chart_USCfootball_080418.compressed.pdf
Tickets: 213-740-4672  

Projected Friday Los Angeles Gameday Weather Forecast: The high on Friday in L.A. is forecasted to be sunny with a high of 82 degrees, low of 60 degrees, 58 percent humidity, and 0 precipitation.

Websites:   wsucougars.com / usctrojans.com


From the West Via the 10 Freeway

1. Exit Vermont St. and turn right on Vermont St.
3. Follow signs to Coliseum parking or USC Campus parking.

From the East via the 10 Freeway

1. Exit Vermont St.
2. Turn Right on to Vermont St.
3. Follow signs to Coliseum parking or USC Campus parking

From the North via 110 Freeway

1. Exit Exposition Blvd.
2. Turn left on Flower St.
3. Turn left on Figueroa St. Follow the directional signs to Coliseum parking or USC Campus parking.

From the South via 110 Freeway

1. Exit Martin Luther King Blvd.
2. Turn Left on Figueroa St.
3. Follow signs to the Coliseum parking or USC Campus parking. The Express Lane exits directly to 39th St. and the entrance to Exposition Park

Expo Line Transportation

Skip the traffic and GO METRO on game day! Metro’s Expo Line provides a convenient service via the Expo/Vermont and Expo/USC Stations. For more details and to plan your trip, please check out www.metro.net/usctrojans.

Metro Expresslanes

Eleven miles of carpool lanes on the 110Harbor Freeway have been converted to High-Occupancy Toll lanes, known as Metro ExpressLanes. All toll lane users must have a Fas Trak installed in their vehicle regardless of vehicle occupancy. To learn more, visit www.metroexpresslanes.net

Metro Harbor Gateway Transit Center

Shuttle buses will be operating before and after from Harbor Gateway parking lots to the 37th Street Transit Way Station.

 Driving Transportation

Fans who drive are encouraged to carpool. Those arriving from the north via the 110 Freeway should exit at Exposition Blvd., those arriving from the south via the 110 Freeway should exit at Martin Luther King Blvd. (or at 39th St. if in the Express Lane) and those arriving from the east or west via the 10 Freeway should exit at Vermont St., and follow the signs to park.

Exposition Blvd. eastbound from Vermont Ave. to Figueroa St. will close starting 2 hours before kickoff, while westbound it will close from Figueroa St. to Bill Robertson Ln. starting 1 hour prior to kick (both directions re-open an hour and 45 minutes after the game’s end).


Because the USC-Washington State 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/gameday and gameday.usc.edu. Tailgating options include

the Trojan Athletic Fund Pre-Game Party at the Coliseum, a free Student Tailgate in Exposition Park’s Jesse A. Brewer Park, the Coliseum Clubs (for TAF members only), the Ralphs Ultimate Tailgate Experience outside the Coliseum’s peristyle and Tailgater Concierge.

 Parking options for non-passholders include several USC parking structures (Grand Avenue Parking Center, Figueroa St., McCarthy Way, USC Shrine, Shrine West and Jefferson Blvd.), as well as using Metro’s Expo Line rail and Silver Line park and ride or ridesharing services. Parking at the Coliseum lots will open at 2 p.m. for pass holders.

Due to construction, public parking is NOT available in the Exposition Park Visitor Parking Structure or ANY Coliseum Parking Lots including 4, 5, 6, & South Lawn. For  parking pass holders, Coliseum Lots open at 7 am. USC lots open at 6 am and are $25 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

RV parking is not available in Exposition Park or the USC campus.

Left turns into parking lots or structures are not permitted on game day.  Also, 39th St. between Vermont Ave. and Bill Robertson Ln. will be closed during the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art construction.  Bill Robertson Lane will have limited pedestrian access during USC games (no public vehicle access).


A reminder again, because the USC-Washington State game is on a school day, on-campus tailgating will not be allowed (on-campus parking will be available after 5:30 p.m.).  

The Coliseum Clubs, located near Gates 12, 19 and 33, feature upscale food, beer and wine service.  All Coliseum Clubs are accessible once gates open except for Club 33, which opens 30 minutes prior to kick-off.  Entrance for all Coliseum Clubs is reserved exclusively for Trojan Athletic Fund members with Cardinal & Gold, Women of Troy, Cardinal & Gold Premier, Committee and Scholarship memberships.  Club 33, however, is open to Trojan Club members as well.

Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips:

USC Campus: The Trojans will be looking to bounce back from a two-game losing streak, but the good news is that they can still win the Pac-12 by first winning the Pac-12 South Division. Obviously, the team is looking for big support, and Trojan fans attending Friday night’s game will have a big say in helping Clay Helton’s men get motivated with some love and some cardinal and gold spirit. Again, school is in session and the usual game-day campus activities have been altered.


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 Scholarship Tower under construction above Row 40 in Sections 4 to 9 on the Coliseum’s south side and extending outside the Coliseum’s south walls will necessitate modified pedestrian traffic flow into and out of the stadium, as well as alternate pathways to seats on the south side.  Fans in seats in front of the construction zone should enter through tunnel 5 (for sections 5 to 7) or tunnel 9 (for sections 7 to 9).

Due to the construction, there is no east-west access between tunnels 5 and 9 on the concourse level or outside the Coliseum’s south walls on the street level.

There are 6 entry gates into the Coliseum in 2018.  Tickets will include a suggested entry gate.  Gates open two hours prior to kickoff.  Fans sitting in Sections 1-2-3-33 should enter Gate 1, those in Sections 4-5-6-7 should use Gate 4, those in Sections 8-9-10-11-12 should enter Gate 8, those in Sections 13-14-15-16-17-18-19 should go through Gate 19, those in Sections 20-21-22-23-24 should use Gate 23 and fans in Sections 25-26-27-28-29 should enter Gate 28.

Trojan Athletic Fund Members:
TAFM attending pre-game parties should enter at the gate instructed on their invitation.  All TAF members with a TAF or Club 33 logo on their ticket also will have access to a dedicated gate at the peristyle end of the Coliseum, entering through Club 33 (it opens 30 minutes prior to kickoff).

Reminder: Fans are encouraged to enter the stadium early.  All fans will go through metal detector screening.  A “clear bag” policy is enforced;  for information, go to lacoliseum.com/beclear.  Smoking and smoking implements are prohibited inside the Coliseum.


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

USC 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.

Coliseum Gate Opening Times: Coliseum gates will open for guests two hour prior to kickoff time.

Trojans Walk: The Trojans team busses should arrive at the Coliseum between 4:45 p.m. and 5: 00 p.m.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurant: Pacific Dining Car, 1370 W. Sixth, LA, Ca., 213-483-6000

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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