LA Memorial Coliseum begins to see major changes

first_imgThe first section of nearly 10,000 new seats were recently installed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Eight temporary press boxes are also being erected to host members of the press. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan).The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been collecting history since its opening in the summer of 1923. It was constructed as a living memorial for the U.S.  Armed Forces in World War I, and it immediately became home to USC football. While it has never wavered as a sacred place for Trojans fans, the Coliseum has hosted many other sports teams throughout the years including the UCLA Bruins (1933-1981), the Los Angeles Rams (1946-1979, 2016-2019), and even temporarily the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1961).It has also served as a concert venue for some great rock legends such as The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Prince. While it is viewed as a piece of L.A.’s athletic history, the stadium has also been host  to political leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Cesar Chavez. Its versatility has always prevailed, from hosting Pope John Paul II’s Papal Mass in 1987, to setting the Guinness World Record for highest number of fans in attendance at a baseball game for a Dodgers vs. Red Sox match in 2008. And soon enough, it will go down in history as the only venue to have hosted three Summer Olympics — in 1932, 1984 and 2028, respectively. Now, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is on its way to becoming the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum, which is scheduled for completion by Fall 2019. Despite these major renovations, the Coliseum has multiple seen changes in its 95-year history. Players used to enter through the 50-yard line tunnel until 1949, when it eventually got covered up. In 1993, the stadium underwent a notably smaller renovation, where all bleachers were replaced with individual seats.The Coliseum’s current renovation includes the installation of more handrails throughout seating areas, as well as the replacement of every seat to increase legroom and seat width. Beyond new seating arrangements, USC is  upgrading the stadium’s electrical and plumbing systems and improving Wi-Fi access in the venue.The preservation of the Coliseum’s history remains a top priority during the renovation. USC is looking to restore the peristyle end to make it closer to its original construction, leaving the iconic torch and Olympic rings. The jerseys displaying the Trojans’  Heisman winners will also remain in place.The renovated Coliseum will boast two new screens on the east end of the stadium to complement the 6,000-foot high-definition screen over the players’ tunnel, which was added in 2011. It will be complete with upgraded audio technology and new lighting, as well as luxury suites and club seats on the south side. The University is currently in the process of installing temporary press boxes to ensure its availability for the 2018 football season. Luckily for USC students, the student and band sections will remain where they have been. They remain a top priority so as not to compromise the experience for the home team.last_img read more

Scott Machado called up to Lakers on a 10-day deal, completing 6-year trek back to NBA

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHis journey since has taken him through France, Germany and Spain via a number of overseas leagues, far away from the NBA. But he came back to the G League in 2017 with the hope that he might be able to one day be back at the top.“I love this game, and to be at the highest level is something that I think everybody who plays the game of basketball wants to be at,” he said. “So for me, this is my happy place – happy place to be in the NBA, happy place to be playing basketball, period. But if I can be in the best league in the world, why not?”The second-leading assist man in the G League for the South Bay Lakers (8.0 apg), Machado has also been one of the team’s more consistent scorers (16.4 ppg).He took the practice court Thursday with the Lakers, an easy move since the South Bay Lakers practice and play in the very same building. Seeing Alex Caruso and Johnathan Williams, the two-way players who have been up with the Lakers recently, helped him settle in.“You’re like, ‘Man, I played with these guys,’ ” he said. “So it kind of makes me more comfortable coming up here and just being myself.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Overall, the health of the team is improving during what has been a tough month for injuries. Walton said 12 players were able to participate in practice, including Tyson Chandler and Lance Stephenson, who haven’t played much in the last 10 games due to injuries. Chandler is finally off the injury list, while Stephenson is listed as questionable.Josh Hart, who is struggling with knee tendinitis, did not practice Thursday. He’s listed as questionable for the game. After the loss in Milwaukee, Hart said he would consult with doctors later in the week, but Walton said he didn’t have more information on Hart’s condition.Walton reiterated that the Lakers were disappointed with their record on the trip, but he was pleased overall that the team had been in each game late, and that they have continued to bring professionalism into practices.“They’ve been great,” Walton said. “It’s not easy: Everyone wanted, planned on having a better year than this. But we still, it’s our jobs to come whether it’s a game or a practice and bring it, and play at a certain level and I think guys have done a nice job of doing that.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Machado takes over the roster spot from the Lakers’ other persistent G Leaguer Andre Ingram, whose 10-day deal expired after the team returned from its five-game trip.The former Iona standout said he’s not sure what kind of minutes he’ll get with the Lakers, but he expects to do similar things for them on the court as he does in the G League: bring the ball up the floor, make plays and cut to the basket.Coach Luke Walton has kept steady eyes on Machado for a while through the G League and thinks he’s made good strides.“He’s always been a great passer,” he said. “His finishing, from what I can tell, it seems to be getting better as far as understanding angles. He’s not the tallest guard, but he’s able to use the size he does have to finish and he’s always got his eyes, if a double (team) comes or someone is cutting away from the ball, he’s going to find them.”JAMES UPGRADED TO PROBABLE VS. NETSThe Lakers are optimistic about having their superstar Friday night when Brooklyn comes to town. After missing Tuesday’s tilt in Milwaukee, LeBron James is probable to play against the Nets with a sore left groin.Walton said James went through about half of Thursday’s practice, the team’s first since a nine-day, five-game trip during which the Lakers went 1-4. James played in three of the games. While he missed one due to “load management” – which the Lakers have used to rest players – the absence against the Bucks was because of recurring soreness.“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Walton said. “But I think he’ll go tomorrow.”The Lakers would likely not play James more than 32 minutes if he’s able to start, part of the team’s aim to reduce his workload and keep him relatively healthy for the offseason.Related Articles EL SEGUNDO — One of the first people Scott Machado called was his mom. She held it together – for a while.But then the news sunk in: Her 28-year-old son had signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers.“She was calm at first,” he said. “But after the conversation on the phone, she let out a nice yell.”It’s a cooler time for Machado, the 6-foot-1, powerfully built Queens native who has been here before: He’s played in 11 career NBA games with Houston and Golden State – but still, six years have passed since he got his last NBA shot.last_img read more