Traditions

    USC's Athletic Facilities

    Heritage Hall, which sits in the middle of the University of Southern California campus, houses the University's athletic department and celebrates the glorious Trojan athletic heritage. USC has produced 422 Olympic athletes, won 122 national team championships and developed 52 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients.

    Originally 48,000 square feet and built at a cost of $2.8 million, the 3-level brick and concrete colonnaded building opened in 1971. Heritage Hall was designed by Grillias, Savage and Alves of Santa Ana, Calif. Myers Brothers Construction Company, Inc., of Los Angeles was the general contractor. Initial construction began in Feb. 5, 1970. It was expanded three times--in 1984 (a 6,000-square foot addition to the weight room), in 1992 (a 13,500-square foot expansion that houses the Academic Resource Center) and in 1998 (a 3,000-square foot addition to the Jess Hill Weight Room)--before a $35-million year-long renovation of the facility finished in early 2014. As a part of that renovation, Heritage Hall's two-story Heisman Lobby was transformed into a state-of-the-art museum space featuring interactive displays. There also is a sports performance center, a broadcast studio, a lounge for Women of Troy student-athletes, a rowing ergometer room and an indoor golf driving area, plus new locker rooms, meeting rooms and equipment room and event space.

    Directly west of Heritage Hall is the John McKay Center, a $70 million, 110,000-square foot facility that opened in the summer of 2012. It houses meeting rooms, coaches offices and a locker room for the football program, as well as the Stevens Academic Center (which features tutoring, counseling, study and computer rooms for USC's student-athletes), a weight room, an athletic training room and a state-of-the-art digital media production facility for all of USC's sports.

    USC's swimming and water polo coaches are located in the nearby Uytengsu Aquatics Center (formerly the McDonald's Swim Stadium, site of the 1984 Olympic swimming and diving competition), which underwent a $16 million renovation before re-opening in early 2014. IT now includes a new stadium entrance, diving and dryland training areas, locker rooms, coaches' offices, meeting rooms, scoreboard, permanent seating and diving tower and pool deck (surrounding the Peter Daland pool.)

    The baseball staff has offices at Dedeaux Field (the baseball stadium), the track and field staff has offices in the 3,000-seat Loker Stadium (which houses Cromwell Track and Field) and the men's and women's basketball and volleyball staffs have offices in the Galen Center.

    Outside the northwest corner of Heritage Hall, the $3-million Galen Dining Center--a popular sports-themed dining center--opened in early 1999.

    The USC football team practices at nearby Howard Jones Field, which was expanded in the fall of 1998 to include Brian Kennedy Field. In early 1999, Goux's Gate--named after the late popular long-time former assistant coach Marv Goux--was erected at the entrance to the practice field.

    The 10,258-seat, $147-million on-campus Galen Center (and adjoining practice facility), completed in August of 2006, is the luxurious home to the Trojan basketball and volleyball teams, as well as various cultural events.

    USC's other on-campus athletic facilities include Marks Tennis Stadium, the McAlister Field (for soccer and lacrosse), Merle Norman Stadium (for sand volleyball), the 1,500-seat Lyon Center (a campus student recreation center which has hosted some Trojan intercollegiate events) and the Physical Education Building (housing the 1,000-seat North Gym).