The Los Angeles Express were organized with the idea that the team would be a keynote franchise in the United States Football League.  Two and a half years and nearly $30 million later, and the team had become a laughingstock even by the USFL's rapidly deteriorating standards.

Being taken over by the league prior to the 1985 season after owner J. William Oldenburg gave up the ghost, the 1985 Express were for all intent and purpose operated by Commissioner Harry Usher.  Usher, who rarely attended his own league's games, grew tired of seeing the Express draw miniscule crowds to the cavernous Los Angeles Coliseum, and at the end of the season he decided to experiment - by placing a game at the home field of tiny Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California.  If nothing else, Harry Usher would be the first to bring pro football to California's San Fernando Valley.

The facility was so small that it didn't even have a name - to this day its simply referred to as 
"the football field."  The Express took on the Arizona Outlaws before an announced crowd of 5,500 - and promptly lost, 21-10.  A week later, the Express would play their final game, another loss, on the road in Portland.


Woodland Hills, California


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