LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A ceremony was held Monday to mark the beginning of the two-year $270 million renovation of the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The extensive project aims to enhance visitor experience with the installation of new seating, more legroom, a new concourse and press box, new and upgraded concession stands and LED lighting.

The Coliseum last underwent significant renovations over two decades ago in order to repair damage caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Renovations are expected to be complete in time for USC’s 2019 home opener.

The Coliseum is also getting a new name — United Airlines Memorial Coliseum. USC President C.L. Max Nikias announced the new name at Monday’s ceremonial groundbreaking

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