Rome had its Coliseum. America has its coliseum as well. It ironically hosts the Trojans. No, not those Trojans who were in the horse, but one of college football’s most storied programs, the USC Trojans. USC has won 11 National Championships and 38 PAC 12 Conference Championships since moving into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1923. The stadium holds 93,000 screaming Trojans fans who have witnessed some of the greatest college football teams and players for nearly a century.
Fight On is one of college football’s most recognizable tunes and you will hear it loud and proud on fall Saturdays at the Coliseum. The Trojan mascot riding on his white horse is one of college football’s most recognizable ones as well. Everything about USC football exudes excellence. They are the Notre Dame of the west coast. Perhaps that is why they have an annual rivalry with Notre Dame? They are the only school worthy of the honor and Notre Dame is the only school worthy to be USC’s rival.
Nearly 500 Trojan football players have gone on to the NFL. 12 of them are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, more than any other school. Some of the greats to have played for the Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum include Frank Gifford, Mike Garrett, O. J. Simpson, Charles White, Marcus Allen, Pat Haden, Junior Seau, Troy Polamalu, Reggie Bush, Keyshawn Johnson, and Leonard Williams just to name a few.
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When you visit Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, you will not only be visiting a place that has seen so many great college football games but also two Summer Olympic Games have been held there. Not only that but this venue was also the home field of the UCLA Bruins for many years as well as the Los Angeles Rams and later the Los Angeles Raiders.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins capped off the last NFL perfect season in Super Bowl VII by beating the Washington Redskins in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers won the very first Super Bowl by beating the Kansas City Chiefs there also. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum drips with history. When the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles for the 1958 season, they used the venue while Dodger Stadium was being built. The Dodgers played in the 1959 World Series there and drew over 92,000 for each game. That record will never be broken.
This place just drips with history and you feel it whenever the Trojans play at home. This season’s home games include Arkansas State, Idaho, Stanford, Washington, Utah, Arizona and UCLA.
The UCLA game will be one to go see of you get the chance. These two PAC 12 powerhouse programs are only 10 miles apart and they are bitter rivals. They normally produce a classic battle which most of the time results in a Trojan win and a trip to the Rose Bowl, which is UCLA’s home stadium and the Bruins do not like it one bit when USC makes it.
In recent seasons, the game with Stanford has been a huge one with PAC 12 and National Championship implications. You will want to get your tickets for these games early as well as the Arizona and Washington games which will be big as well.
If you are a true fan of college football, then the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to watch the USC Trojans needs to be on your bucket list. It is the country’s most iconic stadium and it hosts one of its most iconic teams!
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