Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has a tremendous history
as the chief venue of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic
Games. But as a site for professional football
games, it is among the worst there is.
Nevertheless, countless people wishing to crack the
fickle L.A. football market have used the Coliseum as
their home - only to regret doing so for one reason or
reason is that the facility, for all its grandeur, is
simply too large. At a seating capacity of over
92,000 (and over 100,000 during its USFL days), even a
respectable crowd of 50,000 attending a game would look
bad on television - the place would only be
half-full. While the site of the most-attended
Super Bowl in the history of the NFL (Super Bowl XI), it
is also the site of the least-attended.
In the case of the USFL's Los Angeles Express, the team
undoubtedly would have been better suited had it secured
use of Pasadena's Rose Bowl, or better still, Anaheim
Stadium, for its games. Instead owners Alan Harmon
(and later, J. William Oldenburg) inexplicably tried to
do what they could to fill as many of the Coliseum's
seats as possible - and failed, miserably.
They aren't the only ones to have made the mistake of
using the Coliseum however, as at one point or another
teams such as the AAFC Dons, the AFL's Chargers, the
NFL's Rams and Raiders, and the XFL's Xtreme each tried,
futily, to fill the bowl with paying spectators.
above is of an L.A. Express-Denver Gold
in May 1985, which drew an official
of slightly over 3,000).