The 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.
Mayfield seemed to take issue with how his original comments were framed when the GQ story broke Tuesday.He commented on an Instagram post that applied his GQ comments to a photo of him and Jones: “This is not what I said . . . just so we’re clear. I also said I was surprised I got drafted number one. Then was talking about the flaws in evaluating QBs. Where I brought up winning being important. Reporters and media will do anything to come up with a click bait story. Heard nothing but good things and wish nothing but the best for Daniel.”Mayfield said he sent text messages to Jones later Tuesday to “clear the air with him.”He said Jones appreciated the gesture and told him “no worries, man,” per the Associated Press. Browns sign former Ohio State star Braxton Miller Baker Mayfield wanted to set the record straight Wednesday.A day after GQ published an interview with Mayfield in which he said it “blew his mind” that the Giants drafted quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the NFL Draft, Mayfield walked back his comments. He had already reached out to Jones Tuesday. Giants reportedly not planning to have open QB competition despite Daniel Jones’ preseason success Odell Beckham Jr. on Giants trading him to Browns: ‘They thought they’d send me here to die’ “It had nothing to do specifically about Daniel,” Mayfield told reporters, via ProFootballTalk. “I reached out to Daniel because all of that blew way out of hand and I wanted him to know how I felt. I’ve heard nothing but great things from Saquon (Barkley) and Sterling Shepard, guys who have nothing but respect for him, and I respect their opinions.”I just wanted to clear the air with him.” Related News Giants’ Pat Shurmur responds to criticism from Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. Mayfield also noted Wednesday he didn’t feel blindsided by the GQ story but was “pretty confused about it.”“To me, that came back on my character,” he said. “That’s one thing that, I don’t care about a lot of opinions if you like me or not, but that looked like my character was way out of line, so that’s the only reason I addressed it.”