Visiting Fans Guide To Attending A College Game In LA

For college football players, coaches and fans, a road game versus the University of Southern California Trojans offers a far different set of circumstances, as compared to nearly every other NCAA program of prominence. USC's rich tradition, set amid a very big city setting, represents the polar opposite of an away contest in legendary college football havens like: Tuscaloosa, State College or Norman, where walking down the classic college town street or partaking in a cheeseburger special at the local bar is more par for the course. 

This is NCAA football LA style!

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and USC's campus are located in the adjacent Exposition Park/University Park section of Los Angeles. While not technically an on campus facility, the Olympic stadium for both the 1932 and 1984 Summer Games, sits literally across the street from university grounds.

A Visiting Fans Guide To Attending A USC Game In LA

The stadium and campus is positioned 14 miles northeast of Los Angeles International Airport and two miles south of downtown Los Angeles, just south of the intersection of the 10 and 110 freeways. Game parking is available in surrounding Coliseum parking lots, as well as on the USC campus. In addition, fans can travel to the stadium via the Exposition Line of LA's Metro system, with both the Expo Park/USC and Expo/Vermont stops sitting in very close proximity.  

The immediate area around the stadium and school is just fine, but we recommend not venturing too far outside of the Exposition Park/University Park neighborhood, unless it is via freeway or going north on Figueroa Street, towards downtown LA.

For fans of college football, a visit to USC's Heritage Hall is well worth your time. Located in the heart of the campus, off Trousdale Parkway, the lobby of the school's intercollegiate athletic building houses the program's many Heisman Trophies, as well as famous game jerseys and championship trophies.

You can even view the Heisman belonging to none other than O.J Simpson. Amazingly, O.J.'s memorabilia is still very visible, while everything related to Reggie Bush is long gone. I guess NCAA wrongdoing far exceeds legal wrongdoing these days.   

Team locker rooms, training and weight facilities are based on the floor below the lobby, with the football and athletic department offices situated on the second floor.

The Trojan practice field is located one block west of Heritage Hall, on the other side of McClintock Ave. The fields are closed off, but fans can get a good look at the grounds from the steps of the Lyon Center, just off the fields.

Once the game concludes, the bright lights and beautiful beaches of Los Angeles are within easy reach for fans.

The closest area of interest is the city's recently refurbished downtown area.  Long just a working, daytime focused downtown, this portion of LA is basking in a bevy of new dining and entertainment options. The spectacular LA Live complex is your best bet while downtown.

Located three miles north of the campus and Coliseum, off Figueroa Street, LA Live boasts a Grammy Museum, as well as many restaurants and bars, including an ESPN Zone and Lucky Strike Bowling Alley.

The Staples Center, Los Angeles Convention Center, Nokia Theater and JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton all lie within the grounds of the AEG owned complex. The JW Marriott was the headquarter hotel for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, 2011 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament, as well as housing TCU during last winter's Rose Bowl.

The rooftop restaurant/bar at the Standard Hotel and pool deck bar at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel provide great views of downtown LA's modern skyline.

Once outside the downtown/University Park/Exposition Park area, visiting fans have a metropolitan area of 17 million people at their disposal. Below is a snapshot of LA at its best.


Hollywood/Universal City

Check out the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign. The best place to do all this is the Hollywood & Highland Center.

6801 Hollywood Blvd. (intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave)

Universal Studios Hollywood's famous studio tour and exciting amusement park rides are a thrill for all ages. Also, check out the adjacent Universal City Walk for dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Universal Studios Blvd. exit off the 101 Freeway north


West Hollywood/Beverly Hills

The Sunset Strip is the iconic stretch of road lined with high end hotels, dining and nightlife opportunities. The Mondrian Hotel, Chateau Marmont, House of Blues, Saddle Ranch, The Comedy Store and Laugh Factory are a sampling of the numerous points of interest within the Strip.

Sunset Blvd., between Fairfax Ave. and Doheny Drive

The intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Rodeo Drive represents the heart of Beverly Hills high society. The world famous 90210 is very pedestrian friendly, with ample and inexpensive parking. Along with the high end dining and shopping options, the city boasts of many reasonably priced opportunities for consumption.

Many NBA teams, including the Heat and Celtics, stay at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  

Main area of interest lies north of Olympic Blvd., south of Santa Monica Blvd and west of Canon Drive.   

Melrose Ave. combines funky fashion with high end style, amid one of the city's most colorful streets.   

Melrose Ave., between La Brea Ave. and San Vicente Blvd

Robertson Blvd. is among LA's best places to encounter a celebrity. This few block stretch is filled with trendy points of enjoyment.

Robertson, between Wilshire Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd.

The Grove is a beautiful outdoor mall, with self contained ambiance, highlighted by a performing fountain and an enjoyable soundtrack. The adjoining Farmer's Market is a great stop for anyone who loves food.

189 The Grove Drive


Santa Monica/Venice

Situated due west of the above areas, the communities of Santa Monica and Venice present an enjoyable, laid back ocean front feel.

Santa Monica's Ocean Ave. provides for picturesque, elevated views of the Pacific Ocean, while standing under a line of endless palm trees. The legendary Santa Monica Pier rests at the intersection of Ocean Ave. and Colorado Ave.  

Two blocks east of Ocean Ave. resides the Third Street Promenade. The three block pedestrian mall, popular with both locals and tourists, is filled with a bevy of dining, shopping and entertainment options, as well as a wide array of street performance possibilities. At the far southern point of the Promenade sits the fashionable Santa Monica Place outdoor mall.  

Santa Monica's Shutters on the Beach hotel is home to the Spurs when they visit LA.

Montana Ave. and Main St. are also excellent options for fans looking to enjoy interesting streets and a pleasant Pacific Ocean breeze.  

Santa Monica Beach rests immediately west of Main St.

The Venice Beach Boardwalk is home to every crazy character one could ever fathom to witness. Aside from the unique shopping and dining opportunities present, the Boardwalk is also the site of Muscle Beach, the basketball courts made famous in “White Men Can't Jump” and a bustling skate park.   

Abbott Kinney is a trendy street of opportunity, located slightly east of the Boardwalk area.


South Bay

Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach are classic Southern California beach cities, located just south of Los Angeles International Airport. Both cities are filled with pristine, active beaches, as well as outstanding  shopping, dining and nightlife options, all placed within a brief stroll to the sand.  Manhattan is slightly more upscale, with Hermosa being more of a party location.

Manhattan Beach is home to many sports figures, including Maria Sharapova and former Wolves coach Kurt Rambis.

Intersection of Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Highland Ave. is the center of Manhattan Beach life

Pier Ave. and Hermosa Ave. is the center of Hermosa Beach activity.



Located 30 miles south of the Coliseum/USC, the “Happiest Place on Earth” is great fun for fans young and old. 

Take the 10 Freeway east to the 5 south, upon entering Anaheim, simply follow the signs to the facility parking lots.