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Coliseum open for historical tours

The home for USC football and many memorable events gives visitors a sense of history and heroes

The historic peristyle is a signature of the Coliseum. (Photo/USC News file photo)

Editor’s note (1/2/2019): Tours have been suspended during the ongoing renovation of the Coliseum.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been USC’s proud home since it opened in 1923, but Trojan history is a small part of the stories the venerable stadium has to tell. Since the walls cannot talk, the Coliseum’s new tour guides have undertaken the duty of orating almost a century of USC, Olympic and Los Angeles history.

Coliseum tours are available Tuesday-Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ($25 per person for guided, $10 per person for self-guided.)

The 90-minute tour begins in the iconic Peristyle, which is filled with plaques commemorating the historical figures and events that are part of the venerable stadium’s legacy, including the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, Super Bowl I and VII, and the 1959 World Series. Additionally, visitors will learn about the Coliseum’s architects, father and son duo John and Donald Parkinson, who built the national landmark as a World War I memorial.

USC fans will also enjoy exclusive access to the locker room, press box and recruiting lounge. Perhaps best of all, you’ll get the chance to run out of the famous tunnel.

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