USC announced changes it will implement at the Coliseum this season. There will be two pre-game clubs in the tailgating area open to the public before the game but only open to Trojan athletic fund members after the game.
A new feature this year is USC coach Steve Sarkisian giving interviews on the video board before the game, at halftime and after the game. There is also supposed to be more food options and improved wireless coverage. Restrooms have also been upgraded.
Official announcement after the jump:
KEY UPGRADES, NEW FEATURES IN COLISEUM ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 USC FOOTBALL GAMES
LOS ANGELES—A number of significant upgrades and new features to enhance the fan experience at USC football home games in the Coliseum—including a pair of free public pre-game clubs in the tailgating area, new food offerings, exclusive live in-game videoboard content, mobile ticketing and parking improvements—are planned for the upcoming 2014 season, USC athletic director Pat Haden announced today.
“We are excited to introduce a number of things that will better our fans’ experience when they come to the Coliseum to watch a USC football game,” said Haden. “Our goal is for that experience to begin the moment someone buys a game ticket through the time they return home after the game. We have worked diligently to introduce these new aspects of the fan experience, and I believe Trojan fans will really feel part of the game in ways that are unique to USC and unlike anywhere else in college football.”
Two Coliseum Clubs, featuring live televised sports and upscale food and beverages, will be located along the outside fence line on the south side and northwest corner of the Coliseum near Gates 6 and 19, respectively. The clubs will be open free to the public pre-game until 30 minutes before kickoff. Then, from kickoff until an hour after the game (including at halftime), the clubs will be open exclusively to Trojan Athletic Fund members.
Among the new, upgraded concession food items available inside the Coliseum will be: smoked ribs, sliced steak sandwiches, artisan sausage, signature pizza, fried chicken and funnel cakes, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free items. The points of sale at all concession stands have been increased, the number of registers at the Coliseum’s ground level concession stands has been doubled, and the concession stand queues have been redesigned to expedite customer checkout.
Live interviews with new USC football coach Steve Sarkisian at the opening kickoff, at halftime and at the game’s end will be featured on the Coliseum videoboard. The popular TunnelVision online pre-game show on USCTrojans.com, which emanates from the base of the Coliseum tunnel and features pre-game analysis, coach and player interviews and special featurettes, will begin an hour prior to kickoff and will be shown live on the Coliseum videoboard. Other behind-the-scenes videos, with additional camera angles and on-field microphones, will be shown throughout the game on the videoboard.
Mobile ticketing will be available at all Coliseum entry gates. Fans who request mobile delivery when purchasing tickets will have their tickets, which are optimized for display on smartphones, emailed to them immediately.
The parking plan in the Coliseum lots has been refined through better coordination with state and local traffic agencies, leading to consistent automobile ingress and egress paths and improved entry and exit times. Also, a taxi stand will be located on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Restrooms on the ground level of the Coliseum have been upgraded, with new fixtures, lighting and paint. USC also has continued its relationship with ABM Management, a premier provider of maintenance services committed to keeping the stadium clean.
Refinements to the Coliseum’s DAS (distributed antenna system) have been made to help boost wireless coverage within the stadium. There also will be 2 new LED signage boards on the north sideline walls near the 10-yard lines, while the other sideline walls will have a cleaner, simplified look. Improvements also have been made with the stadium landscaping, as well as in the locker rooms and press box. There will be new and better directional signage around the stadium. The Coliseum ushers and Ambassadors will undergo additional customer service training.
The existing Audi Suites in the interior of the peristyle will now have a shared upstairs level featuring live televised sports.