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May 30, 2012 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum field is the place where the USC Trojans play football, two Summer Olympics were staged, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass. It was also a location for "The Gangbang Girl #32," a hard-core pornographic movie that featured 40 minutes of group sex on the gridiron turf, The Times has learned. The filming at the taxpayer-owned stadium was done at night, with the Coliseum's towering lights blazing and its rows of distinctive red and white seats framing many of the scenes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Roger Kozberg, an insurance executive who helped guide the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum through a $93-million renovation and became a top proponent for the facility's use as an NFL stadium, has died. He was 77. Kozberg had neuroendocrine carcinoma, family members said. He died Friday at his home in Beverly Hills. A Los Angeles native who made the papers at 12 when he turned in a lost wallet containing $50 and eight tickets to USC football games, Kozberg was involved in numerous civic activities but the most public was his passion for the Coliseum.
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OPINION
June 26, 2013
Re "Public may get little in stadium deal," June 23 The Times' story about the public getting little in return from the deal to give USC control over the taxpayer-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was very one-sided. Of course USC should run the Coliseum and put the profits back into improving the building. The state, county and city have proved beyond any question that they have been inept in their attempts to run the city's most famous sports venue. With the university across the street from the Coliseum, it is in everyone's best interest to turn it over to USC, which promises to fix up the place.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
With U2's Nov. 17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum concert sold out, tickets for a Nov. 18 show at the home of the Raiders will go on sale at 8 a.m. Saturday at Ticketron outlets in Sears and Tower Records stores, and at the Los Angeles Sports Arena box office. The supporting acts on the second date will be the Pretenders and the BoDeans.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012
MUSIC Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters reprises what's been a massive project of recent years — his live incarnation of his band's seminal album, "The Wall. " Fans loved it at Coachella in 2008, and he returns for a triumphant take on the record's dystopian worldview and experimental rock. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3939 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $30.50-$248. ticketmaster.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2000
The Saturday afternoon segment of the Summer Sanitarium tour, featuring Metallica, Korn and Kid Rock, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will go head to head with qualifying rounds for the L.A. Street Race, creating some traffic issues. Show organizers suggest fans arrive early (gates open at 2 p.m.) and park at USC. Concert-goers should avoid parking to the south of the stadium, where street and parking lot closures will make the going tough.
NEWS
March 16, 1990 | From a Times staff writer
Mayor Tom Bradley on Thursday appointed broadcaster, businessman and former football great Willie Davis to head a task force to look for a new professional football team for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, if the Raiders deal with Oakland is signed. Bradley said he believes that Oakland should hold a referendum on its $660-million offer to the Raiders.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Aida Axed: Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" will not be stopping at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum next month, Montreal-based producer International Opera Festival announced Tuesday afternoon. The producers, who earlier canceled the first of the show's two Los Angeles appearances, had sold only about 6,000 tickets and said projected sales weren't expected to cover the "enormous production costs" of such things as a cast of thousands, 45-foot Sphinx and 50-pound python.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
About five years ago, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky denounced USC's proposal to take control of the taxpayer-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and its revenue. "Some people on the board of trustees of the University of Southern California thought they could bully the Coliseum Commission into giving away the facility to the university for 75 years for nothing," said Yaroslavsky, a longtime member of the stadium panel. "We were about to give away the naming rights, the parking revenue rights, the concession rights, all those things, to a private university....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers are jumping into the middle of a dispute over who should control state-owned parking lots at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The state Senate voted unanimously Thursday to prohibit the California Science Center from delegating to USC the power to operate the center's parking lots at the Coliseum. SB 695 by state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles) also prohibits the center from selling or entering a long-term lease of the parking lots, the Coliseum and the Los Angeles Sports Arena without legislative approval.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A judge ruled on Thursday that The Times could not be stopped from reporting on testimony from the top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a deposition for an open-government lawsuit. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin said that in asking the court to deny Times reporters access to the testimony and a prohibition against articles about it, the commission sought “essentially a gag order.” “This is a public matter,” Lavin said of the lawsuit brought against the commission by The Times and a 1st Amendment group, Californians Aware.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2012 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The company that filmed hard-core sex scenes at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum obtained a permit for the shoot, but the document does not describe the movie as pornographic and the stadium's governing commission said Wednesday that it did not approve the production. The Times reported Wednesday that Anabolic Video shot 40 minutes of group sex on the same Coliseum field where USC plays football and two Summer Olympics were staged. The footage made up about half of a 2002 release titled "The Gangbang Girl #32. " A permit issued by Film L.A., which handles shoots for the city and county, listed the Coliseum's address as the location and the title of the movie as "Guns Brandished 33. " It describes the planned scenes as shots with "models against scenery" and a "re-enactment of [football]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2012 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum field is the place where the USC Trojans play football, two Summer Olympics were staged, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass. It was also a location for "The Gangbang Girl #32," a hard-core pornographic movie that featured 40 minutes of group sex on the gridiron turf, The Times has learned. The filming at the taxpayer-owned stadium was done at night, with the Coliseum's towering lights blazing and its rows of distinctive red and white seats framing many of the scenes.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012
MUSIC Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters reprises what's been a massive project of recent years — his live incarnation of his band's seminal album, "The Wall. " Fans loved it at Coachella in 2008, and he returns for a triumphant take on the record's dystopian worldview and experimental rock. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3939 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $30.50-$248. ticketmaster.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Question: What weighs eight tons, is five stories high and is connected to an opera? Answer: A replica of the Great Sphinx of Egypt that is the centerpiece of the International Opera Festival's production of Verdi's "Aida." Today, the huge statue will be set afloat on a barge in New York Harbor as details are announced for a 16-city tour for the opera. Included are two dates at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, May 4-5.
NEWS
March 9, 1986
About 1,100 people participating in a nationwide march against nuclear arms were walking under gray skies in the desert near Victorville, 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The California Highway Patrol reported that the marchers were proceeding without difficulties. The 3,235-mile march started a week ago at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and is still plagued by a shortage of finances. Marchers are hoping to inspire and educate people to a plea for a safer world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2012 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
For at least five years, officials with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum passed bundles of cash totaling more than $1 million to a union representative, sometimes in a suitcase packed with $100 bills. The payments, ranging from $1,400 to $187,700 each, were to cover the wages of stagehands on Coliseum events -- rave concerts, Cinco de Mayo performances and a Lakers championship celebration -- according to records and interviews. Invoice reports from the publicly owned Coliseum, obtained by The Times under the California Public Records Act, show that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees received the cash advances from March 2006 through last February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2012 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A top Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum official caught up in an ongoing financial scandal no longer works at the stadium, the county counsel's office said Wednesday. Ronald Lederkramer, the Coliseum's longtime finance director who was second in command, went on paid medical leave in September, shortly after a member of the stadium's governing commission demanded that he be fired. At the time, the Coliseum's interim general manager said he expected Lederkramer to return to his post.
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