The official ground breaking ceremony took place on December 21, 1921 with construction being completed in just over 16 months, on May 1, 1923.
Designed by John and Donald Parkinson, the original bowl's initial construction costs were 4,873.
The Coliseum will be the first stadium to have hosted the Summer Olympics three times, in 1932, 1984 and the future Summer Olympics in 2028, after the International Olympic Committee confirmed a deal it established on July 31, 2017, during the 131st IOC Session.
The stadium also was the temporary home of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball from 1958 to 1961 and was the host venue for games 3, 4, and 5 of the 1959 World Series.
The agreement requires the University to make approximately $100 million in physical improvements to the Coliseum, pay $1.3 million each year in rent to the State of California, maintain the Coliseum's physical condition at the same standard used on the USC Campus, and assume all financial obligations for the operations and maintenance of the Coliseum and Sports Arena Complex.
On Monday, January 8, 2018, the University began its $270 million project to renovate the Coliseum.
Los Angeles Christmas Festival (NCAA) (1924) UCLA Bruins (NCAA) (1933–1981) Los Angeles Dons (AAFC) (1946–1949) Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB) (1958–1961) Los Angeles Chargers (AFL) (1960) Los Angeles Wolves (USA) (1967) Los Angeles Toros (NPSL) (1967) Los Angeles Aztecs (NASL) (1977, 1981) Los Angeles Raiders (NFL) (1982–1994) Los Angeles Express (USFL) (1983–1985) Los Angeles Dragons (SFL) (2000) Los Angeles Xtreme (XFL) (2001) Los Angeles Temptation (LFL) (2009–2011) The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is an American outdoor sports stadium located in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States.
The stadium serves as the home to the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans football team, and as the temporary home of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL).Under the lease the University has day-to-day management and operation responsibility for both the Coliseum and Sports Arena properties.The 98-year lease took effect on July 29, 2013, and was signed by the parties on September 5, 2013.When the Coliseum opened in 1923, it was the largest stadium in Los Angeles with a capacity of 75,144. The Olympic cauldron torch which burned through both Games remains above the peristyle at the east end of the stadium as a reminder of this, as do the Olympic rings symbols over one of the main entrances.In 1930, however, with the Olympics due in two years, the stadium was extended upward to seventy-nine rows seats with two tiers of tunnels, expanding the seating capacity to 101,574. The football field runs east to west with the press box on the south side of the stadium.A decorative facade bearing the Olympic rings was erected in front of the peristyle for the 1984 games, and the structure remained in place through that year's football season.