- Address: 3911 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles
- Country: United States
- Capacity: 77,000
- Opened: 1 May 1923
- Main use: American football, rugby union
- Tenants: Giltinis (rugby union), USC Trojans (American football)
Extra stadium info – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The construction of the stadium, which is also known as The Grand Old Lady, started in 1921. It was renovated several times. The venue opened with a capacity of 75,000. The American football team of the USC Trojans won the inaugural sports match at the stadium. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is known as a venue for various events, like American football, baseball, concerts, football, mixed martial arts, motorcycle speedway, religious gatherings and stock car racing. Several former American football clubs played home games at the venue.
Former football clubs and football legends
The Los Angeles Aztecs, the Los Angeles Toros and the Los Angeles Wolves also played home matches at the stadium. The football clubs were dissolved. The football legends George Best and Hendrik Johannes Cruijff both played for the Los Angeles Aztecs. Best started his professional football career with the English side Manchester United FC and Cruijff started his professional football career with the Dutch side AFC Ajax.
The national football team of the United States
In 1965, 22,000 fans showed up for the stadium’s first match of the national football team of the United States. The FIFA World Cup qualifier between the United States and the United Mexican States ended in a 2-2 draw. In 1930, the United States finished third place in the inaugural edition of the FIFA World Cup, the world championship for national football teams.
1984 and baseball
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was declared a National Historic Landmark on 27 July 1984, a day before the opening ceremony of the second Games of the Olympiad in California. In 2008, the stadium hosted a baseball match between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox. 115,000 people attended the game, which became a world record for a baseball match. The previous world record was broken in Australia, when 114,000 people showed up for a baseball match in Melbourne.