Olympic Park Guide: Los Angeles Coliseum


Los Angeles has twice hosted the Summer Olympics inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. If you've ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of champions, this is the place to go.

History

The first Olympic games held at the coliseum took place in July and August 1932. These were the second Summer Olympic games ever held in the U.S. In July and August of 1984, the XXIII Summer Olympics were hosted at the coliseum. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum bears the honor of being the only place in the entire world that has ever hosted two Summer Olympics.

Football and More

Today, you can visit the coliseum and watch your choice of two football teams. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is home of the University of Southern California football team, the Trojans. Or, you can buy tickets to watch the famous Los Angeles Rams play on the same grounds as the champions.

Tour the Coliseum

If you'd like a close up and personal tour, you can do that, too. Historic tour tickets are available through the USC website. You can do a self-guided tour Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or opt for informative guided tours that run Wednesday through Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Regular Events

Lots of events are held throughout the year, including an LA Weekly Burgers & Beer Festival, and a series of concerts named the FYF Fest.

Parking

Parking is available within Exposition Park at the entrances at Martin Luther King & Hoover, and at 39th & Figueroa. Prices vary depending on the event.

Food and Drink

The best and most convenient food and drink is available inside the coliseum itself. You'll be able to find vendors for wine, beer and soft drinks, as well as a selection of menus that represent lots of different cuisines, including Chinese, French and Indian.

No visit to Los Angeles would be complete without a visit to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Kate Supino is a seasoned traveler and an ardent admirer of Olympians.