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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Here's an excerpt from the book's Introduction...

I am sitting in Section 6, Row 44, Seat 1 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. While I am the only one here, I have seen the stadium packed with 90,000 strong. Yet somehow, empty on this breezy spring day, it is no less dramatic.

I was interested in doing this book to document not just the well-known events that occurred here, but also the lesser-known events. Because it's the combination of both that give one a full appreciation of this site. It's what separates this grand stadium from others. It's what, I believe, lets you make a case for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the most historic stadium in America (If not the world.)

No other place has hosted two Olympiads. Two Super Bowls. A World Series. Countless classic college football matchups featuring both USC and UCLA. The Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Coliseum hosted six professional football teams (The Rams, Dons, Chargers and Raiders of the NFL, the Express of the USFL and the Extreme of the short-lived XFL.) The Aztecs Soccer team. And dozens of world-class track events.

There have been landmark appearances by John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, F.D.R., Charles Lindbergh, General Patton, Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II. The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, and The Who.

Not to mention Evel Knievel, The Harlem Globetrotters (in front of the largest United States basketball crowd on record), prizefighter Jack Dempsey, tennis great Don Budge, football star Red Grange, baseball icons such as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial.

And the motocross, skiing, ice skating, rodeos, boat shows, circuses, fireworks shows, Pontifical Masses, auto races, Boy Scout jamborees… It is staggering. And it is significant...

...It's getting late now, so I guess it's time to go. I think I'll walk down on that famous field. Up those stairs. And out through the Peristyle arches. Where I'll get goosebumps. Like I always do when I leave this illustrious place.

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