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Keep USC at the Coliseum

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WHEREAS USC played the first football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum ("the Coliseum") on October 6, 1923; and WHEREAS for the past 84 years USC has been a loyal tenant of the Coliseum; and WHEREAS the Coliseum was home to the NFL Raiders (1982-1994), and Rams (1946-1979); and WHEREAS the Coliseum has hosted two Olympics, the World Series, the World Cup, and numerous cultural events; and WHEREAS the Coliseum has failed to secure an NFL tenant since the departure of the Raiders; and WHEREAS the Coliseum requires substantial renovations for guest enjoyment and safety; and WHEREAS the vitality of the Coliseum as a world-class athletic venue is dependant upon these renovations; and WHEREAS the University of Southern California has offered to spend $100 million in renovations to the Coliseum over ten years. THEREFORE be it resolved that we, as signatories of this petition and supporters of the grand traditions of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and University of Southern California Football, hereby encourage the Coliseum Commission to enter into a master lease agreement with the University of Southern California whereby: 1) USC will become the master tenant of the Coliseum; and 2) USC will spend at least $100 million on upgrades and improvements to the structure; and 3) USC will allow the Coliseum Commission to hold community events in the stadium; and 4) USC Football will continue its longstanding tradition of playing football in South Los Angeles for the indefinite future.



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