Nov 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of fireworks during the playing of the national anthem before the NCAA football game between the UCLA Bruins and the Southern California Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
USC TROJANS (L.A. Memorial Coliseum)
The Men of Troy find themselves playing in the most outdated venue in the conference now, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. At 91 years, it is so old that after they took over the Coliseum this past summer they were entrusted with the task of paying $70,000,000 in enhancements and improvements in the infrastructure, otherwise known as renovation costs.
A.D. Pat Haden is not sitting on this and doing the bare minimum, he wants SC to lead the conference once again and is devising a plan to take it as far as it can go. A survey recently went out to various constituents with different options to see what the community and boosters would support.
Haden’s big concern is “slipping decades behind other premier venues in the country” if the school only does the bare minimum and uses the $70 mil for pure upkeep. And it’s not just the premier venues around the country that they would slip behind, it’s nearly every building in the Pac-12, including the aforementioned Rose Bowl.
Haden loves his University too much to let that happen, so a plan will be set in place soon to ensure that the Trojans don’t fall way behind the Bruins. USC did just build the amazing and gorgeous new Heritage Hall, which is a step, but this is L.A. and the current battle both on the football field and in the stands is holding a decisive Blue and Gold advantage. It’s time for the Coliseum to not just become everything it can be, but to become everything it should.