Traveler, a white horse, named after Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s horse, is the official mascot of USC. Since the tradition began in 1961, Traveler does a lap around the Coliseum when the Trojans score a touchdown as a rendition of “Conquest” plays. Seven Travelers have served USC since the tradition began.
2. 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.
3. Heritage Hall
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 gallery 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.
4. Kicking the Flagpoles
A beloved USC tradition, fans kick the USC flagpole at the end of Trousdale before entering the stadium for good luck. The loud noise of superstitious Trojans kicking the base of the pole can be heard continuously as fans pack into the Coliseum.
5. Olympic Cauldron
Also known as the Olympic Torch, it was built for the Coliseum when it hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984. It still stands today and is lit during the fourth quarter of USC football games and other special occasions.
6. Court of Honor
The Court of Honor is a series of plaques that recognize the memorable events and athletes that have taken place at the Coliseum. It includes a full list of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic gold medalists. Stop by the Court of Honor to pay tribute to some of the greatest athletes to ever compete at the Coliseum.
7. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The Coliseum is one of the most historic sports venues in America. Over the years the stadium has hosted a wide variety of major sporting events including the Super Bowl, World Series, and even the Olympics. It’s a must-see for any sports fan, so the pilgrimage alone makes a trip to a USC football game worthwhile.
8. George Tirebiter Statue
The George Tirebiter Statue located on Trousdale Parkway celebrates former USC mascot George Tirebiter. Tirebiter was the school’s dog mascot before Traveler burst on to the scene. Pay respect to the USC mascot of the past by stopping by and snapping a pic with the statue.
9. Spirit of Troy
The official band of USC is one of the best bands in all of the country and holds the distinction of being the only collegiate marching band to have released two platinum albums. The band has even performed with many famous musicians including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Fleetwood Mac. The Spirit of Troy puts on an amazing show, so make sure to stick around during halftime and watch this incredible performance.
10. "V" For Victory
The two-fingered salute created with the extended index and middle fingers is often displayed by Trojan fans to symbolize victory, but it has a much deeper historical significance. When ancient Trojans would defeat an opponent, they would cut the first two fingers of an enemy’s right hand so they couldn’t hold a sword. Then, to mock them, the Trojans would hold up their still-attached two fingers. Show off your Trojan pride by displaying this victory symbol as you cheer on USC.