Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a historic sports venue that has seen a great deal of important events over the year. Millions of people have gone through the gates there. Here is a look at 25 interesting facts about this famous place to watch the best of what the sports world has to offer.
#1 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum opened in May of 1923 after construction had started in December of 1921.
#2 – The word “memorial” in the name Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum comes from the fact that when it was commissioned in 1921, it was done so as a memorial to veterans of World War I. There was a ceremony in 1968 in which it was rededicated to instead honor veterans of all wars.
#3 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is jointly owned by the State of California and the City and County of Los Angeles.
#4 – The mailing address of the coliseum is 3911 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California.
#5 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the only stadium in the entire world that has hosted the Olympic Games on two separate occasions. It did so first in 1932 and then again in 1984.
#6 – The first game ever played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum saw the University of Southern California beat Pomona College by the score of 23-7.
#7 – From 1928 to 1981, both USC and UCLA called the stadium home. When the two schools would meet, USC would be the home team in odd numbered years and UCLA in even numbered years.
#8 – A Major League Baseball record attendance was set in 2008 when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox played an exhibition pre-season game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers being in L.A. 115,300 people attended that game.
#9 – At the east end of the stadium is the Court of Honor which consists of a series of plaques that recognize some of the memorable events that have happened and athletes who have competed in the stadium during its history.
#10 – The track that would be used for running events was not installed until just before the 1984 Olympic Games. Before that, it was not uncommon to see the football field shifted to one end of the stadium and temporary bleachers brought in at the other end.
#11 – In the renovation of 1993, the playing surface was lowered 11 feet and the track was taken out. This allowed room for 14 new rows of seating to be built right next to the field.
#12 – When the Los Angeles Dodgers moved there from Brooklyn in 1958, they first played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until Dodger Stadium was completed in time for the 1962 season. The baseball field barely fit in the stadium, making for a huge foul territory along the third base line and almost none along the first base line.
#13 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been home to seven different pro football teams over the years. The longest running tenants in the coliseum were the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL who played there from 1946 to 1979. The NFL’s Los Angeles Raiders also played in the stadium, doing so from when they moved to L.A. in 1982 to when they left in 1994. The first pro football team to call it home was the Los Angeles Dons (1946-1949) of the All-American Football Conference. The Los Angeles Chargers played there in 1960, their first year in the American Football League before moving to San Diego. From 1983 to 1985, it was home to the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League. In 2000, the Los Angeles Dragons of the Spring Football League played their home games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Finally, the Los Angeles Xtreme of the XFL called the stadium home during that league’s only year of operation, 2001.
#14 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was home to the NFL’s Pro Bowl from 1951 to 1972 and then again in 1979.
#15 – The Dodgers hosted the 1959 World Series in the coliseum and due to its huge size, so much larger than even modern ballparks, the attendance record set there (92,706 fans) will probably not be broken any time soon.
#16 – The coliseum has been the regular home stadium for two different professional soccer teams, the Los Angeles Wolves of the United Soccer Association in 1967 and the Los Angeles Aztecs from 1974 to 1981.
#17 – The Oakland Raiders moving to Los Angeles in 1982 caused the UCLA Bruins who had played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1928 to move their homefield to the Rose Bowl.
#18 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted the Super Bowl in 1973.
#19 – In 1961 and 1971 a college bowl game was hosted at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it was called the Mercy Bowl.
#20 – Super Bowl I, at the time only known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, was played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15th, 1967.
#21 – The Los Angeles Coliseum has been used as a setting in a number of television shows, including Charlie’s Angels, Columbo, Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, the Amazing Race, 24, Dragnet, Emergency!, America’s Next Top Model, and Life After People.
#22 – The coliseum has also been used in a number of movies, including Escape from L.A., the Last Boyscout, Jerry Maguire, Two Minute Warning, and Money Talks.
#23 – When John F. Kennedy gave his famous 1960 speech accepting the nomination to be President of the United States of America, he gave it at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
#24 – A computer generated version of the stadium was used in the Pixar movie Cars, as well as in a Budweiser commercial.
#25 – The first level in the video game Duke Nukem Forever is set in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.