Metro game day service for football, football and more football

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USC plays Utah State in its season opener this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Expo Line-adjacent Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. UCLA opens their season against UNLV at 5 p.m. in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl, which can be reached via the Gold Line and a free bus shuttle near the Memorial Park Station.

The Expo Line will run every six minutes before and after the game, and as usual on Saturday nights, all Metro Rail lines and the Orange Line will run until 2 a.m. The Gold Line will be running twelve minutes during the day Saturday.

The Expo Line has two stations that are both a short walk from the Coliseum: Expo/Vermont Station and Expo Park/USC Station.

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Another option is the Silver Line, which runs from El Monte Station, through DTLA and to Harbor Gateway Transit Center and San Pedro. Use the 37th St/USC Station, which is about a 10-minute walk to the Coliseum. Note: you need to already have a TAP card to ride the Silver Line and the fare is $2.50 per ride.

To get to the Rose Bowl, exit the Gold Line at Memorial Park Station and walk four blocks west on Holly Street to catch a free shuttle that departs from the Parsons Corporation parking lot at Raymond Avenue. Alternatively, it is a 1.5-mile walk (about 25 minutes) to the Rose Bowl.


If you need helping planning a transit trip, you can use Google Transit or the Metro Trip Planner. Some useful tips for those who are new to riding Metro Rail:

  • Load your TAP card with $3.50 stored value in advance to avoid waiting in line on return trip. Each 1-way trip includes transfers to other Metro lines for up to 2 hours.
  • A Day Pass is $7.
  • Fares are sold on TAP cards; buy them at TAP vending machines at Metro Rail stations or from a Metro representative.
  • Use one TAP card per person only.

More game day riding tips can be found here. If you’re looking to park and ride from one of Metro’s many rail stations, more info is here.

Finally, please note the new clear bag policy at the Coliseum, same as the one that has been implemented at the Rose Bowl. For the fastest way to enter the stadium, guests are encouraged not to bring any type of bags, or you’ll need to use a specific type of bag. See graphic below and read up on the the Coliseum’s clear bag policy here.


3 replies

  1. The bad news is that with reduced night time service, a lot of riders are going to be dissatisfied. A 5 PM start will let out at 9 PM when the 20 minute service is beginning. Ridership on the Dodger shuttle for games has gotten a lot less ever since Metro went on a semi-permanent 20 minute schedule for the subway between Wilshire/Vermont and Union Station, when it should be operating every 10.

    • True for Staples and Dodger events especially. At least with football, they are smart enough to run every 6 minutes after games end to handle the crowds.

  2. Where do you get these walk times and distances from Memorial Park to the Rose Bowl? 20-25 minutes? No way! It takes me more than half an hour and I’m a fast walker. According to Google maps the walk is 1.9 miles and 41 minutes, which sounds reasonable.