USC home games in Pasadena? What. The. Fuck?

The story is carried by the Times and, more ominously, by the USC athletics’ site. USC has been at the Coliseum for 80 years and has renewed its lease on, from what I understand, a year-by-year basis. The Coliseum Commission has offered a 2-year lease. USC wants “improvements such as bathroom and concession upgrades, new seats, new gates, new lights, and a new sound and video system” for the Gray Old Lady, which, after the long and thus far futile courtship of the NFL, is basically a request to at least partially run and improve the facility because, again, the Coliseum was hoping a pro team would swoop in and excrete gold plated shitters everywhere. That’s the breakdown of it in simple human gold plated shitter terms.

But it’s that running the facility part that’s getting the Coliseum Commission to be total jackassed buffoons about everything – even if USC…

…has offered to fund a minimum of $100 million over 10 years toward the repair and restoration of the Coliseum.

But, again:

As part of that deal, the school would be in charge of running the venue.

The above quote makes it seem as if the university would be the sole manager which doesn’t seem to be the case to me. Either way it looks like the two parties are at an “impasse” right now, though I don’t know how realistic it would be for the Coliseum to give up its longest running, most faithful and highest profile tenant.

But, hey, at least they’re voicing their complaints about USC.

“As far as we’re concerned, they asked us for two years and the commission gave it to them,” said Pat Lynch, the Coliseum’s general manager. “If they asked us for five years, we’d give them five. If they asked us for 10, we’d give them 10. We can’t read their minds.”

Really, Pat? Really? That’s the problem? Because USC has gone above and beyond the call of duty by physically projecting, with mouths and pens and paper and voice boxes and stuff, what’s on its mind.

“Although we have been a faithful tenant of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for 80 years, we must now seek other alternatives for the good of our football program and our fans,” said Todd R. Dickey, USC’s senior vice president for administration. “The Coliseum has not benefited from substantive physical upgrades or preventive maintenance for more than 10 years because the commission has focused on attracting an NFL team that would renovate the stadium.”

Yeah the bathrooms could be improved. I suppose it’d be nice if the JumboTron was actually in sync with the audio, but that’s me. That whole Trojan Nation thing beneath the torch is pretty stupid, sure. But considering how old it is and how long it’s gone without “substantive physical upgrades” I think the Coliseum is fine as it is – it’s got chair backs and it’s not Cal’s Memorial Stadium, so I think those are two things that don’t need changing. And beer. We must have beer again.

The 2008 and 2009 future schedules of USC and UCLA each have one date when the teams would play a home game on the same day, but that logistical problem is just a small reason why I can’t see this “impasse” resulting in USC leaving to play in the Rose Bowl – and USC is actually closer to the Rose Bowl than UCLA, but obviously a stadium right off campus is just a bit closer than that. If it does happen, though, I seriously doubt the fickle Los Angeles fan bases will manage to sellout the Granddaddy even with the Trojans playing games there. USC can’t even fill the Coliseum to capacity when it’s No. 1. Can anyone imagine a USC-Oregon State game at the Rose Bowl? 75,000 would be optimistic. Ugh, what a nightmare.

Don’t even get me started on trying to get out of the golf course parking lots.

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39 responses to “USC home games in Pasadena? What. The. Fuck?

  1. TrojanInVenice

    I threw up a little in my mouth when I heard this.

    Needless to say, I sent off my e-mail to Mike Garrett already with many cogent arguments, all of which added up to: ARE YOU F*CKING INSANE.

    I feel bad for whoever is on the other end of daniellm@usc.edu, or whoever gets Garrett’s e-mail.

  2. the coliseum commission is filled with slaggard pols from the city council and other disreputable places. the grand gray lady needed new pissers back when i was going to dodger games there. seems to me the trojans and bruins should just build a nice new stadium in the gravel pit abandoned by, al davis.

  3. As a UCLA fan, I can’t believe I’m agreeing with other Trojans when saying that USC should stay where they are and not ruin the pleasant green fields of the Rose Bowl. Trojans should stay in the ghetto where they belong.

  4. The USC Student Body is banding together now to stick it to the Coliseum Commission. They released the following statement today:

    USC STUDENT BODY PLANS BOYCOTT
    Students pass on concessions purchases in protest to stalled lease negotiations

    Students will be chowing down before entering the Coliseum this Saturday, but it won’t be the usual tailgate overindulgence. This year, Trojan fans are putting their money where their mouth is—in protest.

    In response to the negotiation standstill between the Coliseum Commission and USC over renewing the university’s football game-day lease, students, alumni, and fans will forego purchasing stadium concessions. One-hundred percent of concessions revenue goes into Coliseum coffers.

    The USC Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) are spearheading the effort with the end goal of putting pressure on the Commission to accept the university’s terms.

    “Trojan football has made the Coliseum its home for more than eighty years,” said USG President Sahil Chaudry. “We’re reaching out to students, fans, and alumni to help continue the legacy by standing up to the Commission.”

    USC has offered to invest $100 million into renovating the Coliseum over the next decade as part of a proposed new lease that will secure the stadium for the next 25 years. The Coliseum has refused– leaving USC with the two unacceptable options of an inadequate and decaying home stadium or a distant and foreign Rose Bowl.

    “No one wants to make the move to Pasadena,” said Albert C. Lai, GPSS president, “but USC is a premier institution and deserves facilities that reflect that.”

  5. That’s a noble effort, but why the hell would anyone buy from concessions anyway? I guess if you were stranded in the desert for four or five days and then airlifted to the Coliseum at kickoff and you wanted a $5 hot dog and a $4 lemonade that badly, but there’s always the Jon Option: water fountains and sucking on ketchup and relish packets.

    The only food people I give my money to are the illegal bacon wrapped hot dog vendors, who are both illegally vending their wares and selling actual illegal wares in the form of cardiac compromising bacon wrapped hot dogs.

  6. This really is one of the funnier things I’ve read in some time.

    I can only imagine the hilarity that would ensue if USC were to actually play home games at the Rose Bowl.

    This is nothing but a negotiating ploy by USC’s Athletic Association. Why the Coliseum doesn’t just give in and allow USC to renovate the stadium – at a grand total of $0 funded by taxpayers – is beyond me.

  7. Like we are going to get an NFL team in LA. Why is the mayor screwing with SC?

    yojoe Fight On!

  8. Wombat

    It’s really simple… if Coliseum commission gives USC control over the fate of Coliseum, the commission ceases to have any function at all. Idiots like Bernard Parks (who is a USC grad by the way… ) will have one less paycheck to draw. I see a compromise here somewhere… USC can agree to continue paying the commission members on some sort of advisory panel.

  9. Well, I’m not sure it’s quite that simple. Ceding the Coliseum to USC’s control is giving up a public landmark built with public funds to a private university.

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