- UCLA and USC athletic’s announced full capacity for 2021 football season
- The crosstown rivals play Nov. 20 at the Coliseum
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California’s June 15 reopening came with an extra surprise for USC and UCLA fans. Both programs announced today that the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Bowl will be reopening with 100% capacity for the 2021 football season.
“We are beyond excited to welcome the Trojan Family back to the Coliseum for the first time since 2019,” USC athletic director Mike Bohn said in an announcement. “Our home games were not the same last year, and the gameday experience at the Coliseum is so special primarily because of the fans.”
Martine Jarmound, UCLA’s Alice and Nahum Lainer Family Director of Athletics, echoed Bohn in a statement from UCLA. He added that,”Getting the COVID-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged to provide the safest environment for everyone.”
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) June 15, 2021
The @RoseBowlStadium and additional UCLA athletic outdoor events will be at full seating capacity for the upcoming 2021-22 season! 🙌
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) June 15, 2021
Both programs expect to release health and safety policies at a later date in accordance with state guidance. However, they already committed to exclusively using mobile tickets in partnership with Paciolan.
Los Angeles is Back
Undoubtedly, California and Los Angeles officials have been strict about social distance protocols throughout the pandemic. The fact that they are already committing to 100% capacity for the fall is good news for everyone. Even Notre Dame fans.
Bohn and Jarmound both said it in their statements— football games at two of the most legendary stadiums in college football are not the same without fans. Is there anything better than a Saturday spent tailgating at the Coliseum or the Rose Bowl? Watching the beautiful Southern Californian sunset contrast with the iconic USC red and UCLA gold helmets is an unmatched experience.
Welcoming Fans Again
UCLA will beat USC to the punch and host their first home game Aug. 28 against Hawaii; USC fans will have to wait until Sep. 4 when the Trojans host San Jose State.
But in the game that matters most, UCLA with have to drive across town to their rival Nov. 20. Needless to say, every seat will be filled in the Coliseum.