Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Renovation

Los Angeles, California

  • Services Civil Engineering
  • Market(s) Education, Sports
  • Awards Under Construction Design Award,
    LA Business Council, 2019


square feet

$315 million





acre stadium
  • Owner University of Southern California
  • Architect DLR Group
  • Collaborators AHBE Landscape Architects, Inc
  • Team Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Renovation

The Los Angeles Coliseum is one of only four historic athletic stadiums designated as National Historic Landmarks by the National Park Service. This much needed modernization honors the tradition and heritage of the historic facility while creating a true game-day experience for all. KPFF led the civil engineering effort through all stages of development, beginning with master planning and entitlements and continuing through design and construction.

The modernization project improved stadium seating and circulation while replacing every seat and installing handrails throughout. The design intervention widened seats and increased leg room in many sections reducing the seating capacity from 93,607 to approximately 77,500. Aisles were added and steps were replaced to improve safety. Other improvements included upgraded entry concourses, new field and stadium lighting, updated audio and video with two new large screens on the east end of the stadium, upgraded WiFi throughout the venue, and new electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems.

The entirely new Scholarship Tower provides premium seating closer to the field and makes the venue more accessible beyond football season for corporate meetings, conferences, private events, weddings, and tours. A Club Lounge and roof deck adds a luxury space that offers premium food and entertainment options for the community.

The project was completed prior to the 2019 college football season. Check out this great video of the project created by our friends at DLR Group.

Don Barnum quote marks

"What makes it a National Historic Landmark is not just bricks and mortar, but all the things that have happened in the building.”

Don Barnum
Don Barnum
Don Barnum, AIA
Principal, DLR Group
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Renovation

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