Parking And Traffic Information For Saturday's USC-Oregon Football Game

Oct. 2, 2008

When USC kicks off against Oregon at the Coliseum this Saturday (Oct. 4), it will be one of several sporting and entertainment events taking place that day within an area running from the Los Angeles Coliseum north to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Fans coming to the Trojan football game are advised to be aware of these events and to arrive early at the Coliseum.

Kickoff for the USC game is at 5 p.m., with the gates opening at 3 p.m. The game is sold out, with more than 93,000 fans expected.

Following soon after, the Shrine Auditorium will be hosting an electronic music event that begins at 6 p.m. The Dodgers host the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium at 7 p.m. Approximately 16 miles away in Pasadena, UCLA plays Washington State, with kickoff set for 7:15 p.m. Finally, Neil Diamond opens his show at the Staples Center at 8 p.m.

With in excess of 200,000 people navigating the 16-mile stretch of freeways connecting these venues, attendees for the USC game are advised to exit the freeway early and park at USC, where substantial convenient parking is available.

Following is a list of available USC Parking

Gate #1- enter at Exposition Blvd. and Watt Way (east of Menlo Blvd. on the north side of Exposition Blvd.)

Gate #3- enter at Figueroa Blvd. and McCarthy Blvd. (across from the Radisson Hotel, west side of Figueroa)

Gate #4- enter at Jefferson and Royal (immediately east of Hoover on the south side of Jefferson)

Gate #5- enter at Jefferson and McClintock (just east of Vermont, on the south side of Jefferson Blvd.)

Gate #6- enter at Vermont and 36th Street (across the street from Togos, on the east side of Vermont)

There are additional USC parking facilities at Grand Avenue and Jefferson (enter at 35th), as well as just north of Exposition Blvd. (south of the Galen Center) and Flower (enter at Flower) and just south of Exposition and Flower (enter at Flower). For more information, as well as a map showing the available on-campus parking at USC, log on to http://transnet.usc.edu/.

Exit the Freeway Early

If arriving from the West, using the Santa Monica 10 Freeway going Eastbound (from the Westside): Exit the freeway at either Western, Normandie or Vermont, proceed south (turn right) and make a left turn on Jefferson Blvd. Both USC Gates #4 and #5 are accessible from here.

If arriving from the East, using the Santa Monica 10 Freeway going Westbound (from the Eastside): Exit the freeway at Los Angeles Street, proceed west to Grand Avenue, then turn left (south). There is a USC parking facility just south of the intersection of Grand and Jefferson Blvd. As an alternative, you can also exit the 10 Freeway at Vermont or Normandie, turn left (south) and proceed to Jefferson before making another left to access Gates #4 or #5.

If arriving from the South, and using the 110 Harbor Freeway North (from the South Bay): Exit the freeway at Gage, Slauson or Vernon, make a left hand turn, and proceed to Vermont Avenue. Make a right and take Vermont north to the USC Campus, just north of Exposition Blvd. Gate #6 will be accessible from Vermont & 36th and Gate #5 is accessible by turning right on Jefferson and proceeding to McClintock.

If arriving from the North, and using the 110 Harbor Freeway South (from the Valley): Exit the freeway at Adams Blvd., which will intersect Figueroa Street. Turn right on Adams Blvd., proceed west to Hoover and make a left hand turn. Take Hoover to Jefferson and make a left, and there will be a number of USC lots accessible in this manner. As an alternative, take the Harbor Freeway south just past the Coliseum to Vernon, Slauson or Gage, make a right hand turn (west) to Vermont Avenue. Make a right and take Vermont north to the USC Campus, just north of Exposition Blvd.. Gate #6 will be accessible from Vermont & 36th, and Gate #5 is accessible by turning right on Jefferson and proceeding to McClintock.

Staples Center Shuttle

A shuttle system will be in operation between Staples Center and the Coliseum. Parking for the shuttle is at Lot W, which is just west of the Nokia Theater across from the Staples Center (log on to www.staplescenter.com for a map of the area). The shuttle picks up and drops off at the intersection of Exposition Blvd. and Figueroa Streets. Parking is $20, with the shuttle ride free. Service begins at 12noon and will end one hour after the game.

Public Transportation

The Coliseum is also efficiently served by public transportation from the surrounding area, so this could prove to be a convenient transportation option. For more information, please call 1-800-commute or log on to www.metro.net.

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