LOS ANGELES--The press box at the to-be-renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be named the Otis Booth Press Box in recognition of a $7.5 million gift from the Otis Booth Foundation.
Last year, USC announced plans to renovate and restore the Coliseum. The estimated $270 million renovation, privately funded by USC, will begin after the 2017 Trojan football season and will be completed for the 2019 home opener.
Among the planned renovations is the building of a new structure on the south side of the stadium that will house suites, loge boxes and club seats, topped by a new press box. Other renovations include replacing every seat in the stadium, adding aisles and increasing leg room, installing new video screens and lighting, adding new concession stands and upgrading concourses, as well as restoring the iconic peristyle.
USC has been a tenant in the Coliseum since the historic stadium opened in 1923.
"The Booth Foundation has been a steadfast supporter to USC Athletics in recent years and its continued generosity speaks to the strength of its confidence in us," said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. "We are grateful to the foundation, and its choice of naming the new press box to honor Franklin Otis Booth, Jr., is nothing less than a perfect match, given the family's strong ties to Los Angeles."
The Otis Booth Foundation is a legacy of the late Franklin Otis Booth, Jr., a successful newspaper executive, investor and rancher. He is the great grandson of General Harrison Gray Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times. Booth’s commitment to philanthropy during his life and through the Foundation has benefited many institutions in the Los Angeles area.
“The Otis Booth Foundation is proud to once again support USC in the renovation of one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States," said Palmer Murray, Vice President of the Otis Booth Foundation. "The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has a special place in history and we felt this was a wonderful opportunity to honor Otis’s legacy, as he so passionately supported the City of Los Angeles.”
In 2013, the Los Angeles-based private foundation gave a $5 million gift to fund the USC Athletic Department’s Otis Booth Community Outreach Endowment, the first gift in collegiate athletics to endow a community outreach program. It established long-term funding to support Trojan student-athletes' volunteer efforts to engage and inspire the neighborhoods surrounding USC. In each of the past three years, USC student-athletes have provided more than 4,000 hours of community service.
The Otis Booth Foundation’s connection with Exposition Park also includes the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, which in 2011 received a $13 million gift from the foundation to name the Otis Booth Pavilion, the museum’s gleaming glass entrance pavilion. It was the largest private gift in the Natural History Museum’s nearly century-long history.
To learn more about the Trojan Athletic Fund and premium seating options in the Scholarship Club Tower please visit www.trojanathleticfund.com or call (213) 740-4155. To learn more about the Coliseum renovation project in general please visit www.coliseumrenovation.com.