November 29, 2007 |
Many stadiums and arenas in this country, particularly those that are home to professional teams, are state of the art but sterile. Their luxury suites and booming sound systems help draw season-ticket holders and corporate sponsors, but they can't do much to disguise the fact that the buildings are less than memorable architecturally. In Southern California, we have the opposite problem.
November 28, 2007 |
Hearing USC's threat to move its football team from the Coliseum to the Rose Bowl is like hearing a well-dressed boardwalk preacher shouting that the world will end at midnight. You walk past, you shake your head, you know it's baloney. But later that night, if only for a moment, you quietly check your watch. For peristyle's sake, there is no way the most tradition-bound sports program in Southern California would be willing to chop off the foundation of that tradition. Right?
November 9, 2007 |
When is Los Angeles getting an NFL team? The answer is simple: It isn't -- not as long as the Coliseum fancies itself an option. It's as clear-cut as that. The league has no interest in moving forward with that stadium, and yet realizes that moving forward on any other project here would be too much of a political headache as long as the publicly owned Coliseum is being promoted as viable. The cost estimates of a Coliseum renovation range from $600 million to more than $1 billion.
October 26, 2007 |
BOSTON -- The Dodgers could hit Moon Shots for a day next spring. As they celebrate their 50th season in Los Angeles, the Dodgers are exploring the possibility of staging one game at the Coliseum next year. The Dodgers shared the stadium with USC, UCLA and the Rams for four years, after they moved from Brooklyn in 1958 and before Dodger Stadium opened in 1962. "We're in the process of seeing if we can pull this off," Dodgers spokeswoman Camille Johnston said Thursday.
June 9, 2007 |
Despite accounting numbers warped by nonexistent turnstiles and questions about how a Japanese-based promoter distributed more than 39,000 tickets, the promotion company behind last weekend's mixed martial arts card at the Coliseum is proclaiming it the best-attended MMA show in U.S. history. "This is why we went to the Coliseum: to make a statement," said Mike Kogan, the U.S.-based events director for Fighting and Entertainment Group.
June 6, 2007 |
The commission in charge of the Memorial Coliseum seems at a crossroads: should it keep chasing its NFL dream, or sign a long-term deal with USC? That will be the focus of today's monthly meeting, its last before summer break. Clearly, there are divergent opinions on the nine-member commission, with some not ready to give up on pro football returning, and others fed up with the flirtations that have dragged on since the Raiders left after the 1994 season.
February 23, 2007 |
Consider it an Olympic-sized task: Dressing up, and modernizing the historic Coliseum without leaving any lasting fingerprints. Results of the careful balancing act were unveiled with plans for a $112-million temporary renovation of the 84-year-old facility, announced Thursday by the group attempting to bring the 2016 Summer Games to Los Angeles.
February 23, 2007 |
Picture the Mona Lisa wearing a leather jacket and miniskirt and clutching an iPod. It wouldn't work. Imposing a modern sensibility on a classic icon creates a culture clash that the brain simply can't process. The temporary steel-framed addition that would envelop the Coliseum if Los Angeles gets the 2016 Summer Olympics would have the same jarring effect.
December 11, 2006 |
It's one thing to parade naked in front of your bathroom mirror, quite another to face the world in the altogether. Terry Schroeder knows. A four-time U.S. Olympic water polo player from Santa Barbara, Schroeder is immortalized in bronze outside the Coliseum, his nude torso standing tall for the idealized, universal Olympic athlete.
November 2, 2006 |
Even as it said it was not closing the door on the NFL, the Coliseum Commission took steps Wednesday to scale back the money spent in that pursuit. In its regular monthly meeting, the commission dropped its contracts with outside legal counsel and $10,000-per-month lobbyist Richard Lichtenstein, who were retained for the last three years to pursue a potential NFL deal. Yvonne B.