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L.A. Coliseum To Undergo Renovations

Work would be funded by USC.

On Thursday, the University of Southern California unveiled plans to renovate the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum following the 2016 football season. 

If approved by the Coliseum Commission, the stadium, which has been home to USC football since 1923, will undergo a $270-million renovation starting in 2017. The plan is to have renovations completed in time for the 2019 season-opening game, without impacting the 2017 or 2018 seasons. 

The renovations will update the stadium's Wi-Fi, create more legroom and more space in-between seats, add two new video boards to the East end of the stadium and most notably reduce the number of seats in the stadium by nearly 15,000. A new pressbox, new suites and a new stadium concourse will also be added, as well as new concession stands. 

The renovations will be privately funded by USC. 

Of the renovations, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, said, "We are committed to providing our players, coaches and fans with one of the best facilities in the nation. This needed renovation to a stadium built in 1923 will ensure that the game-day experience gives all fans options to enjoy the stadium's new amenities while recognizing the loyalty of our long-time fans. It also will provide our football team with a first-class facility and a home field advantage."

The last time the Coliseum underwent renovation was in 2010. 

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