Tailgating at USC is a great experience you’ve got the beautiful Southern California weather, raucously drunk students looking to cheer on their school, die-hard fans that live throughout the city and congregate to watch the Trojans, and even the casual fans that want to catch a game at the legendary LA Coliseum. All you have to do to join in on the fun is deck yourself out in cardinal and gold and you’ll fit right in. As long as you’re in cardinal and gold, everyone will be super friendly as being a Trojan fans bands everyone at the tailgate together, however, if you are wearing opposition colors be a bit more careful as you will most likely experience some heckling.
The student tailgates at USC are raucous, as everyone gets up bright and early to cheer on the Trojans. Throughout campus, you’ll hear loud music and smell the delicious aromas of food being prepared. The quad is packed, and everyone is ready to put in their best effort toward propelling the Trojans to victory.
Tailgating at USC is a great way to spend the morning before kicking some flagpoles and make your way to the Coliseum to cheer on the Trojans.
One of the best pregame traditions at USC is the Trousdale Walk. Before every home game, fans get a chance to see the USC Trojan marching band as they walk down Trousdale Parkway playing some famous SC tunes. It is a great transition to the game as listening to the marching band play the fight song will surely get you and your fellow fans into the game day mood. Tailgating at USC is a great way to spend the morning before kicking some flagpoles and make your way to the Coliseum to cheer on the Trojans.Watch video
Tommy Trojan Statue
A symbol of the University since 1930, life-sized bronze Tommy Trojan has been a favorite meeting spot for students and a traditional photo opportunity for fans. Its official name is the Trojan Shrine, and students now guard it every night before the USC-UCLA rivalry game because of UCLA’s reputation for vandalizing the statue. The university even goes so far as to wrap it in duct tape to protect it from being painted by UCLA students.
Heritage Hall opened at the heart of the USC campus in 1971 to house the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, but it has recently been renovated to include a museum. The $35 million project added a two-story museum to showcase the athletes, teams, and coaches that have contributed to the USC athletic program. The space also houses offices, a sports performance center, a broadcast studio, and an indoor golf driving range in addition to new locker rooms, meeting rooms, an equipment room, and event space.
Where to tailgate
Traveler StatueTailgating under the Traveler Statue provides an excellent tailgate spot as it puts you in the heart of the action. It also allows you to beat the crowd when it comes time to entering the stadium.
Tommy TrojanSetting up next to Tommy Trojan is also a good option as it makes it easy for people to find you in the sea of cardinal and gold.
Parking Lots near Exposition ParkThis is a great spot to tailgate if you’re driving to the game and looking to set up a tailgate party of your own. Here you’ll also be able to meet up with other USC alumni making for a great tailgate atmosphere.
Sports ArenaIf you’re just looking to grab a quick drink before the game then the Sports Arena will fit the bill. The full bar here has plenty of choices, so stop by and grab a drink.
Trojan Tailgate ClubThe Trojan Tailgate Club puts on a great tailgate featuring everything you could want in a tailgate. They have plenty of food, drinks, and TVs so stop on by and make some new friends. They are also away fan friendly, so it’s a great spot to check out even if you don’t support the Trojans.