There are times we land special projects close to my heart. This is one of them! On January 29th, USC formally kicked off the $270-million renovation project that will preserve and improve the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. One of So Cal’s most beloved historical landmarks and home of the USC Trojans will officially become the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum beginning in August 2019.
Giroux Glass is honored to be the glazing contractor for this historic undertaking. The stadium — the only venue in the world to have hosted two Olympics, two Super Bowls and a World Series — will also host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as track and field events during the 2028 Olympics. The renovation work is scheduled to be completed for the Trojans 2019 home opener. The Trojans and Los Angeles Rams will continue to play at the stadium during the project.
The Coliseum was designed by father-and-son architects John and Donald Parkinson and modeled after the original Roman Colosseum. Highlights for this project include: suites, loge boxes and club seats, topped by a new press box. As the stadium is remodeled, every seat will be replaced; new handrails will be installed throughout; aisles will be added, increasing legroom and widening seats in many sections; entry concourses will be upgraded; field and stadium lighting will be updated; and Wi-Fi, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems will be improved. Already in place are two massive new video boards on the stadium’s east end.
We are committed to providing our partners and the many fans with the best glass and glazing in the nation as we design and execute our role in this upgrade. I am thrilled to see, and be a part of, this major investment in our community, which will have a lasting, positive impact to our great city.