Since the announcement that the Rams will be moving back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, the question had arisen as to where they will play. While there was an approval for a new stadium, to be called the City of Champions Stadium, they will have to play somewhere in the meantime as the other stadium is being build.
So the Rams will be returning to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the 2016 season at least while the other stadium is being built. It is likely to be their home base for a couple of seasons as the proposed stadium will certainly take a lot of time and effort to complete. As we look to where the Rams will be returning, let’s look at some fun facts about the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
- The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the first stadium to ever host the Summer Olympic Games two times. The stadium hosted the 1932 Summer Olympics as well as the 1984 Summer Olympics. It was also proposed to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, but that has yet to be determined.
- The Dodgers played there for three years. While the Coliseum is most commonly associated with football and music performances, it was also the home for the Los Angeles Dodgers of the MLB from 1958 to 1967. It has also been used for UCLA Bruins and the Los Angeles Raiders.
- The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1984. Yes the building is old enough to be considered historic. The building was commissioned back in 1921 as a memorial for Veterans of World War I and it was completed in 1923. It originally held seats for over 75,000 people, but it upped it to over 100,000 before the Olympics in 1932.
- The Coliseum had a new 6,000 square-foot high-definition video scoreboard installed in 2011, making the stadium even more modernized than it had been previously. Certainly not a bad deal for the Rams who will get to make use of it as the slaughter teams on their home turf in the seasons to come.
- Since the University of Southern California has been using the stadium, they unveiled a $270 million proposal to renovate the stadium in fall of 2015. Some of the upgrades that we will see is replacing all of the seats in the stadium, adding in stadium-wide Wi-Fi, bringing in more and newer video screens, offering upgrades to the concession stands, constructing box suites as well as lounges, and reducing the capacity of the stadium by 16,000 seats. Of course not everyone is happy with this idea, especially with the reduction of seats. But if the coliseum wins the bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, the Olympic bid committee said they will spend an additional $300 million to renovate the stadium even further.
- UCLA used to use the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as their home turf, but moved their home games to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in 1982. This was the same year that the Oakland Raiders began to play at the coliseum.
- There has been a lot of debate over the years as to whether the coliseum is up to modern standards for a professional football team. Since the coliseum has historical value, it is thought that it was built too long ago to accommodate the needs of the modern football fan, including more plush amenities, boxes, and other modern stadium devices. Despite proposals, the stadium cannot be completely renovated because it is a historic building and its core cannot be compromised.