Sometime next football season, there will be one very big addition to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — a 6,000-square-foot video board.
The new board, measuring 150- feet wide by 40-feet tall, will be constructed at the west side of the stadium. The screen will show live game action, replays and down and distances as part of an effort to “improve the fan experience at Trojan football games,” according to USCRipsit.com.
“The game day experience is of the utmost importance to us as we continue to make improvements along with our partners at the Coliseum,” said Associate Athletic Director Jose Eskenazi. “We feel that we are making progress every day.”
Though USC does not own the Coliseum, it signed a extendable 25-year lease with the Coliseum Commission in 2008 after the university threatened to move home games to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. unless much-needed improvements were made.
When the agreement was signed, it was stipulated that new video displays, concession areas, seating, drainage systems, elevators, escalators and locker rooms be added to the 87-year-old Coliseum on the Commission’s dime.
Prior to the start of the 2008 season, a new sound system and two full-color LED video boards were installed, as well as new seating sections at the north and southeast corners of the stadium.