The Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Rams Game Day

Rams Game Day l Photo Courtesy of the Rams
Rams Game Day Photo Courtesy of the Rams

In 2016, after a 22-year hiatus, the Rams were once again the Los Angeles Rams and NFL football returned to the City of Angels! Seventy years after the franchise first arrived in Los Angeles, the Rams homecoming made them simultaneously L.A.'s oldest professional sports team and its newest - a modern team for a modern metropolis. A record-setting crowd of 90,000 attended the Rams' first preseason game, sending a strong message: a new generation of fans, reflecting L.A.'s incredible cultural diversity, is just as excited about the Rams' return as longtime followers.

Whether you're a newbie or a lifelong fan, going to a Rams game takes some planning in order to maximize the experience. Wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and read on for tips on the best ways to attend a Los Angeles Rams game.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

 |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

The Rams play their home games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, located at Exposition Park across the street from the University of Southern California (USC). Since opening in June 1923, the Coliseum has become one of the world’s greatest sports venues, home to world-class athletes and legendary games. The Coliseum has also hosted numerous historic figures and countless special events. It is the only facility in the world to host two Olympiads (X and XXIII), two Super Bowls (I and VII), one World Series (1959), a Papal Mass and visits by three U.S. Presidents: John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. The Coliseum was declared a National Historic Landmark on July 27, 1984.

Designed by DLR Group, the two-year $315-million renovation of the Coliseum was completed in time for the Rams first preseason game (August 17) and the USC Trojans home opener against Fresno State on August 31. A gala ribbon-cutting announced the project's completion on August 15. 

The Coliseum and Exposition Park are easily accessible from Interstate 110 (aka the Harbor Freeway) and the Metro Rail Expo Line.

Los Angeles Rams 2019 Home Schedule

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Tickets

The Rams are playing seven home games at the Coliseum, including the 2019 home opener against the New Orleans Saints on September 15, a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game; a Monday Night Football game versus the Baltimore Ravens (Nov. 25); and the Rams' final regular-season home game at the Coliseum against the Arizona Cardinals on December 29. Tickets are now on sale at the Rams Gameday website.

NOTE: Print-at-home tickets (aka PDFs) are no longer allowed in the NFL, as part of a League-wide mandate. Due to this change in policy, most Rams’ tickets for the 2019 season will be mobile-only. All single game, forwarded and resale tickets will be mobile-only as well as a portion of season tickets. For more info, visit the Rams Mobile Ticketing page.

Parking & Rideshare

Parking in USC Campus and Exposition Park lots are by permit only and there is no public parking on-site for Rams games. Gameday Traffic Flow will be in effect for fans driving to the Coliseum.

Parking lots open five hours prior to kickoff and close 90 minutes after the end of the game. Vehicles must exit the stadium parking lots by 90 minutes after the conclusion of the game.

Due to limited parking, fans are encouraged to "Go Metro on Game Day." More information can be found in the next section of this guide.

RIDESHARE SERVICES
Vehicles are allowed to drop-off in Exposition Park at Exposition Park Drive and S. Figueroa Street. Rideshare services and other vehicles cannot enter Exposition Park until 60 minutes after the game. For any type of car pick-up prior to that time, proceed to Jefferson Boulevard, north of the USC Campus.

Expo Park/USC Station on the Metro Expo Line | Photo by Daniel Djang

Expo Park/USC Station on the Metro Expo Line | Photo by Daniel Djang

Go Metro

For fans heading to the Coliseum on game day, Go Metro with bus and rail lines that will help get you past the traffic and parking hassles and straight to the action. The Metro Expo Line, which connects Downtown LA and Santa Monica, runs approximately every six minutes before and after games. The Coliseum is served by two Expo Line Stations - the Expo Park/USC Station and Expo/Vermont Station. Both are an easy five- to 10-minute walk to the Coliseum. To help alleviate post-game crowding, Metro recommends that fans heading back to Santa Monica should board at Expo Park/USC Station, while those returning to Downtown L.A. board at Expo/Vermont.

This printable map of Metro services to the Coliseum includes Metro Expo Line and Silver Line stations, Metro Rapid Line stops, and Metro bus routes and stops.

Here's a pro tip: save time by loading your TAP card with round-trip fare before the game and avoid the long lines at TAP vending machines after the game.

A few rules to remember when you Go Metro to the game:

  • Small coolers and picnic baskets are okay to bring on board, but please keep aisles clear.
  • Eating or drinking while in stations or on board Metro buses and trains is not permitted.
  • Please do not bring barbeque grills, flammable products or oversized items on board.

For more game day tips, check out the Metro website

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VIP Tailgate | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Rams

Tailgating

Tailgating is one of football's great traditions, but there are some rules to keep in mind. Tailgating is only allowed in designated Exposition Park lots (Lot 4, Lot 5, Lot 6, South Lawn and State Drive) and the Gold Lot. Tailgating is NOT permitted in the Visitor Parking Structure, South Park Drive, Martin Luther King Boulevard, or Expo Center Drive.

In designated lots, tailgating is allowed only in your parking space, in front of or behind your vehicle only. Tailgating equipment must not block pedestrian or vehicle access. The use of multiple spaces without a vehicle is prohibited. Empty spaces may not be reserved or used for the purpose of tailgating.

NOTE: There is no tailgating on the USC Campus or USC Campus Parking Facilities during Rams games or events.

Full tailgating policies can be found at the Rams website.

 

VIP TAILGATE
The Rams VIP Tailgate
offers an all-inclusive VIP experience with high-end food, music, live NFL games on TV and the opportunity to meet Rams personalities. Tickets are sold in ticket pages through PrimeSport or individually, so whether you're solo or with a group, you can enjoy the experience. Standalone passes will be available at a later date for $175 for all-inclusive food drinks, including beer, wine and alcohol.

  • Opens three hours prior to kickoff
  • Location: Banc of California Stadium
  • Price: $175 standalone

Private turnkey tailgates for groups of any size and a pregame club steps from the Metro Expo Line stop are also available. For more info, visit the Rams Pregame Hospitality page.

 

CLEAR BAG POLICY
For a safer environment and speedier entry, the Coliseum implements a clear bag policy. Fans are advised not to bring bags unless outlined as a permissible size and material. Approved examples are a clear tote, small clutch or clear bag. For details, visit nfl.com/allclear.

Cheerleaders on stage at LA Rams Fan Fest

Cheerleaders on stage at LA Rams Fan Fest | Photo: Los Angeles Rams

Fan Fest

Get an early start to your gameday experience at the official LA Rams Fan Fest, located at Christmas Tree Lane on the east side of the Coliseum. The free, family-friendly event includes special live entertainment and music performances, cheerleader and NFL Alumni appearances, contests, giveaways, and games. The Fan Fest gates open four hours before kickoff.

Concessions

The Coliseum renovations have resulted in many updated concession stands on the street level. For fans looking for variety, the Rams recommend heading to the Peristyle area, located between Gates 1 and 28, for the Rams Party Zone, Corona Beach, food trucks and a craft beer tour of California.

Highlights include:

  • Fight On Grill: 5-piece chicken tenders & fries.
  • North Club: Beer on tap, wine cellar, bar.
  • Food Court: Bowled, Smoked, Grilled, Dog Haus and Julie's Bar.
  • Rams Party Zone: Sports bar located in the Peristyle area.
  • Taste of L.A. Food Trucks: A variety of LA’s best food trucks will gather in the Peristyle area each gameday.
  • Kids Zone: $10 kids meal includes a hot dog, water and apples.
  • Cali Craft Beer: Located in the Peristyle area, take a craft beer tour of some of the best breweries in California.

To download the 2019 Food Guide with a map of food and beverage locations, visit the Rams website.

Revolutionario Tacos
Revolutionario Tacos  |  Photo: Joshua Lurie

Dining Near the Coliseum

The South LA neighborhoods surrounding Exposition Park offer a global range of dining options. From Asian fusion to Mediterranean small plates, discover the area's best restaurants, most of which are within walking distance of the Coliseum.

Rendering of Los Angeles Rams playing at LA Stadium

LA Stadium | Rendering: Los Angeles Rams

LA Stadium (Opening 2020)

The LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park (LASED) is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment destination being built in Inglewood by Los Angeles Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke. Located on the site of the former Hollywood Park racetrack, this 298-acre mixed-use development will feature retail, commercial office space, a hotel, residential units, and outdoor park spaces.

The centerpiece of the district is LA Stadium, the first indoor-outdoor stadium to be constructed and the new home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. Opening summer 2020, the spectacular stadium re-imagines the fan experience and will host a variety of entertainment and sporting events year-round. LASED is already slated to host Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the College Football Championship Game in 2023, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2028.