Well, who saw this coming? Not me. The 3-1 Rams are back in action at the Coliseum this Sunday, riding a three-game winning streak during which they knocked off two division rivals — the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals.
They’ll be taking on an improving 2-2 Buffalo Bills team headed by
the embarrassment Rex Ryan, whose job was seemingly on the line just two short weeks ago.
Believe it or not, if the playoffs began today, the Rams would be the first seed in the wild card round:
But the playoffs do NOT begin this week, and the season is long and full of terrors — for the Rams, it’s likely in the form of the Tom Brady-backed Patriots (Week 13) and a resurgent Atlanta Falcons (Week 14). Sunday’s game might not be so easy either as the Bills are coming off back-to-back decisive wins against potential Super Bowl contenders.
It will be the Rams’ second home game this year and it’s notable that they have not scored a regular season touchdown at home
in the Coliseum* in Southern California since 1994. As a lifelong Bills fan with low expectations for my pathologically underperforming squad, I can assure you this streak will be broken this weekend (unless the Rams have a guy named Brissett behind center).
Kickoff at the Coliseum is scheduled for 1:25 p.m. Most of the Go Metro info has already been covered in previous posts, but here are some updates that should be relevant to your interests:
- Parking will NOT be available at Expo/Crenshaw Station. The lot is leased from West Angeles Church and is closed for service on Sundays. To park and ride, consider Culver City Station or La Cienega/Jefferson Station, which have free parking — and will likely fill early. Paid parking is available at 17th/SMC, Expo/Bundy, and Expo/Sepulveda; the fee is $2 for transit users. To find parking elsewhere on the Metro Rail system, click here.
- Tailgating is not allowed at Metro Park and Ride lots. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department personally told the Source at a recent meeting that they will be enforcing this. You’ve been warned.
- Make sure to follow @metrolosangeles on Twitter. We issue updates when lots fill up.
- Metrolink is running special service to Rams games. Buy a Metrolink $10 weekend day pass and take the San Bernardino, Orange County, Antelope Valley and 91/Perris Valley lines to Union Station; transfer to the Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro, then catch the Expo Line to the Coliseum. Your Metrolink ticket is good for free transfers onto Metro. NOTE: there will be service disruptions on some Metrolink lines during this weekend. See advisory.
- This isn’t new but it bears repeating: load your TAP card with $3.50 stored value before starting your trip! Those return lines can be a big pain in the you-know-what.
Expo trains will be running every six minutes before and after the game. Use Expo Park/USC Station or Expo/Vermont Station. Both are an easy five- to 10-minute walk to the Coliseum.
For Bills fans with tickets for pre-game festivities at the Shrine Auditorium, Jefferson/USC Station is your best bet.
Another game-day option is the Silver Line. The Silver Line will be running enhanced service on Sunday, running every 5 minutes from Harbor Gateway, every 15-20 minutes from San Pedro and every 10 minutes from El Monte. Use the 37th St/USC Station, which is about a 10-minute walk to the Coliseum.
You need to have a TAP card to ride the Silver Line and the fare is $2.50 per ride. TAP vending machines are available at El Monte and Harbor Gateway stations. Metro is currently conducting an all-door boarding pilot, meaning passengers can board through any bus door after tapping.
To help alleviate post-game crowding at stations and minimize boarding delays, those heading back toward Santa Monica should board at Expo Park/USC Station. If you’re returning to DTLA, please board at Expo/Vermont Station. See the above map.
- the Rams last season in the Coliseum was in 1979. They then played at Anaheim Stadium prior to leaving for Saint Louis in 1995. The point is they haven’t scored a regular season touchdown at home as the Los Angeles Rams in 26 years!
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