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Welcome to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

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Welcome to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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Welcome to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a book in Wasteland 2.

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Weathered and dog-eared, this brochure shares the history of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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Hello Visitor, and welcome to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, better known simply as The Coliseum!

The Coliseum was commissioned in 1921 as a memorial to veterans of World War I. Construction took just 16 months and the Coliseum opened in June 1923 as the largest stadium in Los Angeles, with a capacity of 75,000. For the Olympics of 1932 the stadium was extended upwards with two new tiers, expanding seating to 101,000, making it the largest Coliseum on the West Coast!

The Olympic cauldron torch that is now the signature of the great stadium was added for the Olympics. Other visible elements such as Olympic Rings over one the main entrances also still remain.

In 1968, the Coliseum was rededicated to veterans of all wars.

The Coliseum was again part of the Olympics in 1984. For that, a pair of life-sized bronze statues of male and female athletes atop a 20 thousand pound frame formed the Olympic Gateway.

From its very earliest days, the Coliseum has served as the home field for the University of Southern California Trojans football team, who played their first game there on October 6, 1923, beating Pomona College 23-7. This opening match for a crowd of 12 thousand was a modest beginning for a stadium and team that would build one of the richest histories in college football.

Additionally, countless historic sporting events have taken place within the Coliseum's venerable walls, including the aforementioned two Olympics, but also two Super Bowls (I and VII) and the 1959 World Series. The Coliseum also hosted famous events and concerts such as Nelson Mandela's triumphant return to the United States, Pope John Paul II's first Papal Mass in 1987, or Bruce Springsteen's record five sold out nights with a total attendance of 322,000 in 1985.