USC LA Coliseum Renovations: Latest Details, Drawings, Comments

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

A worker rides past the entrance of The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. NFL owners voted Tuesday night to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles. The Rams, based in the LA area from 1946-94, will play in a temporary facility, probably the Los Angeles Coliseum, until the new stadium is ready, most likely for the 2019 season. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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The Rams will need a temporary home before moving to their new stadium in Inglewood, California.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday that USC plans to let the Rams play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. According to NFL Media's Rand Getlin, the school will spend roughly $270 million to make necessary upgrades to the venue.

Getlin also provided some artist renderings of what the L.A. Coliseum would look like when completed:

Rand Getlin @RandGetlin

.@USC plans to spend $270M restoring the iconic @LAColiseum after the 2017 season. #Rams to play there next year. https://t.co/EsxjFvWGlW

Rams owner Stan Kroenke proposed the Inglewood stadium, and it's expected to be completed by 2019.

The renovations to the Coliseum could help the Rams in the short term, benefit USC football in the long term and put the city in a better position to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Los Angeles is the United States' official bid city for the event, and in its bid book, L.A. outlined how the Coliseum would serve as the main Olympic venue. USC was setting a goal of $500 million in funding for renovations, while the Olympic organizing committee would set aside a further $300 million.

In October, USC earmarked the $270 million for Coliseum renovations via private funding. The target date of completion is 2019, just when the Rams would be leaving, so the school might want to push that ahead with the NFL now in town.

Included in the renovations would be new seats throughout the stadium, infrastructure improvements and a new cluster of suites, club seats and a press box on the south side.

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"We are committed to providing our players, coaches and fans with one of the best facilities in the nation," USC athletic director Pat Haden said in the school's official press release in October.

"This needed renovation to a stadium built in 1923 will ensure that the game-day experience gives all fans options to enjoy the stadium's new amenities while recognizing the loyalty of our longtime fans. It also will provide our football team with a first-class facility and a home-field advantage."

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