If you're going to watch the Los Angeles Rams take the field, two things are crucial: Don't get stuck in traffic on the way to the Coliseum! And don't get stuck paying $100 for a parking spot (we're not exaggerating).
Fear not — we've got the info you need so you're in your seat by kickoff.
Getting there by car
Even if you're one of the lucky fans that managed to score a parking permit, traveling to the Coliseum might still be a little bumpy. Some streets near the venue and the USC campus will be closed for the big day. Rams spokesperson Joanna Hunter told KPCC that the same traffic plans that are used for campus games will be in effect. These streets will be closed:
- Exposition Boulevard, from Vermont Avenue to Figueroa Street
- Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from Vermont Avenue to Figueroa Street
- Figueroa Street, from Exposition Boulevard to MLK Jr. Boulevard
- Flower Street, from Jefferson Boulevard to Exposition Boulevard and 37th Street to Figueroa Street
Because of these street closures, you might need to plan ahead to figure out which freeway exit to take. Whether you're taking the 110 or the 10, here's a map of all the access points.
In order to park in any USC campus or Exposition Park lot, you need to have a permit. The catch: all parking permits for the season are sold out, Hunter said.
Parking lots open five hours prior to kickoff, according to the Coliseum website.
Once the engine is off and you're ready to start celebrating, it's important to note that tailgating isn't allowed in the campus parking structure, but there are designated areas in certain Exposition Park parking lots, she said.
According to the Rams' website, there is no re-entry for parking. The Exposition Park lots close 90 minutes after the end of the game and there is no overnight parking.
You can also try your luck with other public lots on Figueroa Street and Vermont Avenue at the Browning Street Garage, across from Exposition Park, Lot 2, according to the Coliseum website. Parking may also be available in other lots near L.A. Live and the L.A. Convention Center. You can always try and score street parking and walk — just make sure to read the signs for restrictions.
Getting there by Metro
Of course, the best way to avoid a mess of traffic and parking is to leave your car at home or at somewhere far away from the Coliseum. You can do that by taking the Metro. There are several different stations near the Coliseum, so there are several options when it comes to which lines you can take.
“Due to limited parking, fans are encouraged to go Metro on game day,” Hunter said.
The Expo Line is probably your best bet, with stops at Expo/Vermont, Expo Park/USC and Jefferson/USC — all within walking distance of the venue. The Metro Silver Line also has a nearby stop, as well as a Metro Rapid bus line.
Getting there by Metrolink
Depending where you're at, you can also jump on a Metrolink train to get to the action, with Metrolink passes that also let you transfer to a Metro Expo Line train for the last part of your journey, dropping you off right at the Coliseum.
Here's how to use Metrolink to get to the game, according to Metrolink spokesperson Sherita Coffelt:
- Check the Metrolink schedule online at MetrolinkTrains.com/Rams
- Get to the train station at least 15 minutes early
- Buy a paper ticket for $10 — electronic tickets don't let you transfer to Metro, which you'll need to use the Expo Line to get all the way to the Coliseum
- Hop aboard!
"With our weekend ticket pass, you can pay $10 for a round trip and get to the Rams game, not have to worry about traffic or parking, so it's really the fastest and most convenient want to get to the Rams game," Coffelt told KPCC. She added that you can relax and enjoy your ride in while not having to worry about a designated driver on the way home.
Metrolink announced that they're adding extra service for Rams home games on these lines:
- Antelope Valley
- San Bernardino
- Orange County
- 91/Perris Valley
More trains are being added to their existing schedule at times that coordinate with kickoff, helping to make sure that you get there in plenty of time for the blue and yellow. If you get on the train early enough, chances are you'll be able to get to the game with plenty of time to spare, Coffelt said.
Metrolink is adding about 30 percent more trains to their Sunday schedule, Coffelt said. Metrolink serves areas as far as Oceanside, near San Diego, and as close as Glendale, she noted.
At the Coliseum
Gates open two hours before kickoff. Hunter recommends giving yourself ample time to get through security once you've nabbed a parking spot.
A clear bag policy for the Coliseum was implemented this year. The NFL encourages fans not to bring a bag, but you can bring a clear or vinyl tote no larger than 12"x6"x12", a one-gallon resealable bag or a small clutch no larger than an adult hand, she said.
There are exceptions for medical items, Hunter added.
This story has been updated.