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Football Saturdays bring game-day fun to USC campus and the Coliseum

Fans will notice a few small changes — and two huge new scoreboards — when the Trojans face Western Michigan in Saturday’s opener

Coliseum with new scoreboards
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is sporting two new east-end scoreboards. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Football season means one thing (aside from Trojan victories): pregame traditions with Tommy, Tirebiter and tailgating on the USC University Park Campus. The Trojans start the 2017 season with three home games in a row, starting with the Sept. 2 opener against Western Michigan.

This year brings a few changes to fans who enjoy the lively atmosphere on campus and at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum:

• Tailgating and open containers are prohibited at USC Village, the new retail and residential development north of Jefferson Boulevard.

• USC is now a smoke-free environment. The policy applies to lighted cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes, hookah or other lit products, and includes the use of any substance including tobacco, cloves or marijuana.

Old scoreboards at the 1984 Olympics

The peristyle-mounted scoreboards, installed for the 1984 Olympics, have been replaced with new, high-tech boards. (Photo/U.S. Air Force)

• The Coliseum is sporting two huge new east-end scoreboards. They replace smaller boards that were installed for the 1984 Olympics, and have allowed the Coliseum’s historic peristyle to be restored to a more original appearance.

Family fun

The Trojan Family Game Day Experience, free and open to the public in Alumni Park, will again be offered at every home game. The family-focused space includes face-painting and games for kids, big-screen TVs tuned to college games, a variety of food and drinks (including the adult kind) and more.

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To help minimize wear-and-tear on the university (not to mention the fans), on-campus tailgating will begin at 6 a.m. and close at kickoff. That’s early enough to get fans ready for those 12:30 p.m. games and allow for a full day of fun if the season brings any 7:30 p.m. start times.

Who needs a permit?

Large tailgate parties on the USC grounds will continue to require tailgate permits. Medium-sized get-togethers need to register online, as will anyone planning to use USC electricity. Fans can register early and reserve a guaranteed space.

Glass containers will be prohibited for safety.

The tailgate policies apply to on-campus gatherings. Similar procedures will apply within the Coliseum fences but not at Exposition Park, which is not overseen by the university.

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