The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum $300 million renovation and restoration reached the halfway point in August, and the much-anticipated project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.
Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. celebrated the topping out ceremony alongside construction workers representing unions and contractors, USC athletics representatives and the marching band, as well as civic leaders and community representatives. The project reached the noteworthy milestone as the final steel beam was placed on the iconic sports and entertainment venue.
“I’m proud to have such an enduring landmark in the City of Los Angeles and right here in the NEW 9th,” said Price, who is also President of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission. The Coliseum Commission serves as the caretaker of the stadium.
“Expo Park is experiencing a swell of economic development like never seen before. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all who had a hand in making the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum the best it can be!”
The renovation phase has created more than 500 jobs and includes a 30 percent local hire provision. About 18 percent of workers live within five miles of the site, and another 33 percent live within the City of Los Angeles. Overall, 60 percent of the construction workforce resides within L.A. County.
Councilman Price’s Office worked with USC, which took over the management and operations of the Coliseum, to strike an agreement that also includes $1 million in job training resources for residents living within 5 miles of the site, and $1.5 million for recreation and parks acquisition, capital improvements and programming in the District.
When the improvements are complete, it will create a first-class experience for fans and athletes that is safe and enjoyable. The project removes the large scoreboards on the east end, restores the original look of the peristyle, replaces all seating, and provides wider seats with more leg room and more aisle ways. It also installs Wi-Fi in the stadium and improves lighting—among other upgrades.