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Everything you need to know to get to and park at LA Rams games

Quarterback Sean Mannion #14 of the Los Angeles Rams throws against San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Quarterback Sean Mannion #14 of the Los Angeles Rams throws against San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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If you're planning to watch the Los Angeles Rams take the field, here are two things you probably want to avoid: Getting stuck in traffic and paying $100 for a parking spot. Here's what you need to know to get into your seat by kickoff.

File photo of the Los Angeles Coliseum.
File photo of the Los Angeles Coliseum.
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Driving there

The Rams play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, located in Exposition Park near USC at:
3911 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Getting to the Coliseum might be a challenge as many streets near the venue are typically closed on game days. The same traffic plans that are used for USC football games will likely be in effect for Rams games.

Common street closures usually include:

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Because of these street closures, you should plan ahead so you'll know which freeway exit to take. Whether you're taking the 110 or the 10, USC's Gameday Traffic Flow map (seen above) shows all the access points. 

Outside Linebacker Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams carries the ball after an interception against the Tennessee Titians at Nissan Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Outside Linebacker Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams carries the ball after an interception against the Tennessee Titians at Nissan Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Parking

In order to park in any USC Campus or Exposition Park lot, you'll need a permit — and all parking permits for the season are sold out. There 's no on-site public parking for Rams games. These lots generally open five hours before kickoff and close 90 minutes after the game ends. There is no re-entry and or overnight parking in these lots. 

Don't have a permit? You can try your luck at these parking lots, where spots are available on a first-come first-served basis for $50. Bring cash.

Parking may also be available in other lots near L.A. Live and the L.A. Convention Center. Be prepared to shell out. 

You can also try to score street parking and walk — just make sure to read the signs for restrictions.

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins #12 of the Los Angeles Rams carries the ball against the Tennessee Titians at Nissan Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins #12 of the Los Angeles Rams carries the ball against the Tennessee Titians at Nissan Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Getting there by Metro

The best way to avoid traffic and parking hassles is to leave your car at home or somewhere far from the Coliseum and use public transit. You can ride the Metro to several different stations near the Coliseum and use Metro's trip planner to help plan your route.

The Expo Line is probably your best bet with stops at Expo/Vermont, Expo Park/USC and Jefferson/USC. All are within walking distance of the venue.

The Metro Silver Line also has a nearby stop at 37th Street  on the east side of Exposition Park.

You can also try a Metro Rapid bus line like the 754, which stops at Exposition and 37th Drive on the west side of Exposition Park. Several standard Metro buses — 204, 102, 200, 81, 40 and 32 —also make several stops in the area. Check out this map for a view of your options.

Pro Tip: Load your TAP card with round-trip fare before the game to avoid long lines at TAP machines later.

Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
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Getting there by Metrolink

Depending where you're at, you can jump on a Metrolink train and transfer to one of Metro Rail Lines for the last leg of your journey. Here's how:

Metrolink adds extra trains for Rams home games, timed to get riders there by kickoff, on these lines:

"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," Metrolink spokesperson Sherita Coffelt told KPCC. And you don't have to worry about picking a designated driver if you've been drinking.

Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp  #18 of the Los Angeles Rams makes a catch for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp #18 of the Los Angeles Rams makes a catch for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Tailgating

Tailgating isn't allowed on the USC campus or in USC parking structures but certain Exposition Park parking lots allow tailgating in designated areas. They include:

Tailgating is NOT allowed in: Lot 3, the Visitor Parking Structure, South Park Drive, Martin Luther King Boulevard or Expo Center Drive.

You can tailgate in individual parking spaces, in front or behind each vehicle. You can't block pedestrian or vehicle access and you can't use multiple spaces without. Feel free to throw up a small canopy, no larger than 8' x 8', in front of or behind your vehicle. Check here for more details on what you can and can't do while tailgating.

Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams laughs on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams laughs on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
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At the Coliseum

Gates open two hours before kickoff. Give yourself ample time to get through security. 

The Coliseum implemented a clear bag policy, which means you can bring a clear or vinyl tote no larger than 12" x 6" x 12," a one-gallon resealable bag or a small clutch no larger than an adult hand. There are exceptions for medical items.

This story has been updated.