I went on a tour of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It’s located in Exposition Park. It was free and I had never been there before.
From the other side of the fence.
The zodiac signs within the arch.
On the north side of the Peristyle.
The south side of the peristyle.
They have these bronze markers all along the peristyle.
It’s Babe. I like this one because it was for a woman. 99.9% were for men.
This tells the whole LAMC story.
I bought a book called Men of the Pacific Coast 1900-1902 and this image of Parkinson was in it. Parkinson was the architect of the Coliseum along with his son Donald.
This is a view from the roof of the press box.
Here’s a view from within the press box. The press box is not air-conditioned!
We went in here too.
Inside the Trojan locker room. It’s a little blurry but I was really excited about being in the locker room.
I like the graphics.
That’s me getting all school spirit-y.
When the opposing team comes out of their locker room and heads to the field they see this first…
This is walking out onto the field. This reminds me of Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind when the aliens release the abductees at the end of the movie.
This was a very cool part of the tour.
My brother loves Traveler. (Okay, I’m being sarcastic. My brother is not a big fan of Traveler. Traveler is the name of USC’s mascot horse.)
It was an overcast day in May but the grass looks green. The tour was two hours but it didn’t seem that long.
Since USC took over the coliseum tours are available.
Some Coliseum articles.
This is a very pretty image I found in California Southland. This was before the coliseum was built.
This is the text that accompanied the cover artwork. That photograph looks like it’s from the Southwest Museum and I’m not quite sure why it’s included.
Five months after I posted this post I found these images.
OTHER THINGS AT EXPOSITION PARK
There are many other interesting things at Exposition Park next to the Los Angeles Coliseum.
These statues are pretty cool. They’re by Robert Graham.
Evidently, they were controversial when first installed. (Photo courtesy Coliseum website.)
On the other side of the Coliseum is the Natural History Museum. The Natural History Museum sits next to this huge rose garden.
It’s very pretty in the summer.
That’s the California Science Center behind the fountain. I’m pretty sure that’s where they have the Space Shuttle.
My favorite things in the park are two walls. They were done in 1931 for the Olympic games by Bartolomero (Bartolo) Mako.
Some close-ups. I really like the boxers and the Strongman.
The Coliseum is between the discus thrower and the fencer.
Is that guy carrying LA City Hall? Or the Bovard Administration Building at USC?
Here’s the other one.
These look more ceremonial than the ones on the other side. The bird is a nice touch.
The discus guy is cool. I could be him if I were taller, thinner and more athletic.
The horse is like Traveler in stone.
This is at the entrance to Exposition Park commemorating the 1932 Olympics held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Six months after I did this post one of my lodge brothers let me borrow his ticket for this game. It was great and USC won! My book, The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.
Olympic stadium in Los Angeles. (1931, December). Architectural Record. 70(6), 419-24.
The Los Angeles stadium. (1922, August). California Southland. (32), 8.