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2019 WeAreSC Travel Guide: Game 4 – UTAH (Friday night)

USC TROJANS (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12)/ No. 10 UTAH UTES (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12)

SEPT. 20: 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET
Televised: FS1
Location: Los Angeles
Stadium: Memorial Coliseum
Capacity: 77,500
Surface: Natural Grass
Seating Chart: www.lacoliseum.com
Ticket: 213-740-GOSC

The opening line: Utah opened a 3 1/2-point favorite over the Trojans.

Projected Saturday Los Angeles Weather Forecast: Sunny with a high of 79, low of 63, 61 percent humidity, and 0 precipitation.

A USC/Utah Friday night game should be a fun atmosphere in the City of Angels (photo above).

Websites:  utahutes.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 or USC campus parking lots. The Express Lane exits directly to 39th St. and the entrance to Exposition Park.

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.

Friday night traffic (photo above) could once again be a disaster for the USC/Utah game in the Coliseum.



Because the USC-Utah 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 Tailgate Guys in Christmas Tree Lane. 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 8 a.m. for pass holders.

Parking in Coliseum Lots 4, 5, 6 on the south, on the South Lawn of the Natural History Museum, in the Exposition Park Visitor Parking Structure to the east of the stadium is reserved for existing pass holders. Those lots, which open up at 8 a.m. on USC game days, are not available for general public parking. There will be limited public parking in the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art underground South Parking Structure on the west side of the stadium, accessible southbound on Bill Robertson Ln. from Exposition Blvd.

Fans without passes are encouraged to park on the USC campus and walk through Exposition Park to the Coliseum. Available USC on-campus lots are located on the north side of Jefferson Blvd. near the Shrine Auditorium, on the south side of Jefferson Blvd. near Vermont Ave. and on either side of Figueroa St. near the Galen Center, as well as in the Grand Avenue Parking Center (Grand Ave. and Jefferson Blvd.), Downey Way Structure (Vermont Ave. and Downey Way), Flower Street Structure (Exposition Blvd. and Figueroa St.) and Royal Street Structure (south side of Jefferson Blvd. near the Shrine Auditorium). Parking in the Grand Avenue Parking Center, Downey Way Structure and Royal Street Structure can be reserved in advance at usc.clickandpark.com. Parking in USC lots, which open at 6 a.m. on Trojan game days, costs $25 on a first-come, first-served 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. Bill Robertson Lane will have limited pedestrian access during USC games.


Tailgating areas in Exposition Park are limited. Trojan Fan Fest, including the Ralphs Ultimate Tailgate Experience (available with product purchases at Ralphs), will be in Christmas Tree Lane.

Tailgating is allowed on the USC campus; groups must reserve a spot. There also is the Trojan Family Game Day Experience in Alumni Park on campus. No tailgating is allowed in the USC Village. For campus tailgating information, go to gameday.usc.edu.

The United Coliseum Clubs, located near Gates 12, 19 and 33, feature food, beer and wine service. All United 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. Club 33 is located on the peristyle plaza and provides field viewing throughout the game.

Stadium Entry and Seating

There are 6 main entry gates into the Coliseum (Gates 1, 4, 8, 19, 23 and 28), each with new automated ticket scanners for easier entry. Gates open two hours prior to kickoff. Trojan Athletic Fund members with a TAF logo on their ticket can use dedicated TAF entry gates at Gates 18 and 33.

Fans of USC and Utah should arrive early and know what Coliseum (photo above) entrance needed for easier access.

There is a new numbering system in the seating area, with each section divided into the 100s (below the lower vomitory), 200s (between the lower and upper vomitories) and 300s (above the upper vomitory). A seat in section 108, therefore, would be in the lower rows of section 8. New way finding signage will assist fans to their seating areas.

Trojan Athletic Fund members attending the TAF pre-game party at the peristyle end of the Coliseum should enter at Gate 33 (it opens 3 hours prior to kickoff).

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.


Because of limited parking options in Exposition Park, fans are encouraged to use public transit options to get to the Coliseum, including Metro’s Expo Line rail and Silver Line park and ride (from the Harbor Gateway Transit Center), as well as ridesharing services.

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. both eastbound and westbound between Bill Robertson Ln. and Figueroa St. will close starting 1 hour before kickoff (both directions re-open 45 minutes after the game’s end).

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. All users must have a FasTrak installed in their vehicle regardless of vehicle occupancy. To learn more: www.metroexpresslanes.net

Metro Express Lanes

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

Beat the traffic and Go Metro: Visitors are strongly encouraged to ride Expo Line trains or Silver Line express buses, as Metro runs enhanced service on game days. Trains take just 15 minutes to get here from Culver City or Downtown LA, where you can transfer to other Metro Rail lines. Skip post-game lines at the fare machines by loading round trip fare or a Day Pass in advance and remember to TAP your card on validators before each boarding, even when transferring to other lines. Each person must have a TAP card as they cannot be shared. Free parking is available at many stations but parking at Culver City and La Cienega/Jefferson fills up early. Plan ahead at metro.net or use Google Transit.

For Friday night’s game, fans are encouraged to ride one of the many Metro routes (photo above).

Visitors planning to use public transportation this season may purchase a limited edition, pre-loaded Metro TAP card from USC Transportation; contact Rideshare Coordinator Maira Meza-Olvera ([email protected]) for information.

New Metro Fares in Effect (and some fans may now get a better deal)!: 1-Way Trips are $1.75 & now include 2 hours of free transfers with your TAP card. This means a trip from Pasadena to Expo Park/USC (via Gold, Red/Purple and Expo Lines) now costs $3.50 round trip vs. $5 Day Pass previously. 1-Day Pass is now $7 (valid until 3am). Each fan must continue tapping their own card before entering the platform, even when transferring lines. Metro will be sure to get you home safely, even after midnight, as Metro Rail closes at 2am on Saturday nights. For more information on Metro’s new fares, visit metro.net/fares or visit metro.net/gameday for Game Day Tips, Instructions & Discounts.

Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips:


USC Campus: Again, a reminder that no tailgating will be allowed on campus for Friday night’s game against Utah. A reminder that early in the day new USC President Carol Folt will be officially inaugurated. Later in the day, the Trojans will be playing their biggest game of the year, a major contest considering that the Men of Troy and Utah are in the same Pac-12 South Division. The winner will get the inside pole position in the South Division race. After a tough overtime loss to BYU last Saturday in Provo, the good news for the Trojans is that the defeat wasn’t a Pac-12 loss. The Trojans can take a major step to winning the division with an upset win over the Utes. Even though the game is on a Friday night, the Cardinal and Gold will need every Trojan fans coming to yell and scream. A visit to the Bookstore may be a must for added spirit items. 

Before Friday night’s big game, the campus will celebrate the official inauguration of President Dr. Folt (photo above).

Trojan Family Game Day Experience

Fans of all ages are invited to come and experience the Trojan Family Game Day Experience, a family-friendly, on-campus tailgate that is free and open to the public. Centrally located in Alumni Park (in front of Doheny Library and across from Tommy Trojan) families are welcome to enjoy the outdoor screens showing live games, and relax in comfort with tables, chairs, and a wide array of food and beverages (non-alcoholic soft drinks, wine, and beer) available for purchase.

Fans of all ages can enjoy a wide range of free themed game and craft activities, including:

  • Extra Point Kick: Test your kicking skills by attempting to convert an extra point through the uprights
  • Quarterback Challenge: Toss the game-winning pass to the Trojans’ wide receiver
  • Long Snap: Make sure to get the ball into the hands of the USC punter with a clean snap
  • Training Camp: Run, jump, and dodge obstacles just like in USC Training Camp
  • Traveler Tails: Make your own tail to wear just like Traveler
  • Football Penalty Flag: Make your own penalty flag to toss
  • Cardinal and Gold Fun Loop: Show off your USC spirit with a bracelet that you craft yourself
  • Face Painting: Show off your Trojan pride with Game Day colors

The Trojan Family Game Day Experience opens 4 hours before kickoff and closes 30 minutes before kickoff.

Trojan Marching Band: 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 the band to the LA Coliseum. For more information, visit www.uscband.usc.edu/gameday-routine/

It may be a Friday night game, but fans can still join the Trojan Marching Band (photo above) from campus to the Coliseum.

Coliseum Security Reminder: With a potential sellout, fans are encouraged to enter the Coliseum gates early to avoid being caught in massive security lines with the metal detectors and bag checks.   

Tailgate/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 team busses should arrive at the Coliseum between 3-3:30 p.m. Get there early to get a good spot to see the Cardinal and Gold up-close.

Cheer the team when it gets off their busses for “The Trojans Walk.” around 3 p.m. in the Coliseum peristyle end.


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

Fans are reminded once again about the Coliseum clear bag (photo above) policy.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurant:

The Pantry – 877 South Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA

One of the famous LA hangouts near campus is the famous “Pantry” restaurant (photo above).

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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