Street closures planned, big crowds expected for Rams parade Wednesday near USC

Street closures planned, big crowds expected for Rams parade Wednesday near USC

Road closures affecting Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard next to the University Park Campus are expected starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

February 15, 2022 David Medzerian

A parade to celebrate the Los Angeles Rams’ victory in Super Bowl LVI is likely to draw thousands of fans to the neighborhood surrounding the USC University Park Campus on Wednesday.

The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Shrine Auditorium on West Jefferson Boulevard, then proceed south on Figueroa Street and turn onto Exposition Park Drive, ending at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A rally will be held in front of the Coliseum’s historic peristyle starting at noon.

See a Los Angeles Times map of the parade route

Road closures near USC

Expected road closures include Figueroa Street between Adams and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards, and Jefferson Boulevard between Figueroa and Hoover streets:

  • Traffic officials will begin closing those streets at 8 a.m., with all closures likely to be in place by 9 a.m.
  • Details are available on the USC Transportation site.

Accessing the University Park Campus

The street closures will present significant delays for those trying to access the University Park Campus. It is likely that the best way to enter campus during the rally will be from the west side (Vermont Street) of campus. USC Transportation will publish specific entry point closures, but visitors should expect all entrances along the parade route to be closed during the event.

  • Other significant impacts to university operations will stem from increased pedestrian and automotive traffic, safety operations and parking demand.
  • If you are coming to campus on Wednesday, you are urged to arrive before 8 a.m. Although the university expects the rally to end in the early afternoon, it is possible that crowds will remain in the area after the event, creating delays for those departing campus.
  • The university will use the TrojansAlert system and social media channels to provide as-needed updates Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • It may be possible to avoid some of the congestion by using the Metro E (Expo) Line, which has several stops near USC and avoids grade crossings at Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard by passing through a tunnel.

Impacts on students, faculty and staff, including classes

To the greatest extent possible, USC will remain open on Wednesday and general academic operations should proceed as scheduled. Libraries will remain open during normal operating hours. Deans, faculty and managers may make adjustments including:

  • Pivoting to remote learning for a day to avoid disruptions.
  • If a class syllabus includes off-campus activities or work that can be done away from campus, planning such an activity.
  • Rescheduling a class or activity for a different date or time.

Faculty members have been asked to reach out to the students as soon as possible if plans for instruction are changing.

Students are expected to attend classes and complete assignments as instructed by faculty members.

Staff members should follow the instructions of their supervisors, who have discretion to allow remote work if feasible.

A celebratory rally inside the Coliseum after the Lakers’ 2009 championship win drew a crowd estimated at more than 90,000.