Pat Haden's Letter On Coliseum Lease Public Hearing
May 23, 2013
Dear Trojan Athletic Family:
When thinking of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it immediately triggers my earliest memories of attending USC football games as a ten-year-old boy with my father. Although watching from afar, the connection made to this venerable stadium was close and impactful and has carried with me my entire life. I’m sure each of you has your own personal connection to the Coliseum, or perhaps the Sports Arena, or Exposition Park. More broadly, our entire country has connected with this national landmark as the host of two Olympic Games, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and, of course, to a prominent chapter of collegiate football history as the home of the USC Trojans.
As many of you have followed recently in the media, USC and the Coliseum Commission finalized a lease agreement that will permit USC to operate the Coliseum and Sports Arena on a day-to-day basis and make meaningful improvements to the Coliseum to ensure that this national treasure is maintained and enhanced for the benefit of all Angelenos.
The Coliseum Commission does not own the parking lots in Exposition Park so, before the lease could be finalized, USC had to negotiate a parking agreement with the State of California to ensure that the Coliseum and Sports Arena would be provided with adequate parking for events. Over the past year, USC met with representatives of the State, the California Science Center Board, and all of the Exposition Park entities to structure a parking agreement. These collaborative conversations and negotiations were formalized in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between USC and the State, which we believe adequately addresses all of the stakeholders’ needs to ensure that every park entity, including the Coliseum and Sports Arena, can be successful.
The State is holding public hearings to gather feedback on the MOU. Please familiarize yourself with the MOU and consider attending a public hearing to speak in support of the transaction. The meetings will be held as follows:
Thursday, May 30th at 6:00 pm at the California African American Museum
Saturday, June 1st at 10:00 am at the California Science Center
Wednesday, June 5th at 9:00 am at the California Science Center Board Room
(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCIENCE CENTER BOARD WILL VOTE ON JUNE 5TH)
If you are interested in attending and speaking in support of this agreement, please contact David Galaviz for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d prefer to send your comments by e-mail, please direct your email to email@example.com. For letters, please send them to: Ms. Fabian R. Wesson, Chairperson, California Science Center Board of Directors, c/o USC University Relations, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, ADM 260, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0018.
This historic agreement will ensure that generations of Angelenos can share and create their own special collection of memories at the Coliseum, not just at USC football games but through the many special cultural and community events that will continue to be held at the Coliseum for years to come. Our athletic department is committed to improving the overall fan experience for all events through an array of capital and service improvements. These public hearings and your support of USC in this endeavor is the first step in making this happen. We look forward to seeing you.
Patrick C. Haden
USC Director of Athletics