On the heels of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games officially being awarded to Los Angeles, the Rams and LA 2028 have teamed up to celebrate this momentous occasion on Sunday, September 17 when the Rams host the Washington Redskins at the historic L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
The Rams second regular season contest, this year’s Hispanic Heritage Game, will be broadcast nationally on TV on FOX at 1:25 PM PT and also on radio in English on ESPN LA 710 AM and 100.3 FM The Sound, as well as in Spanish on ESPN Deportes 1330 AM. Tickets are available at therams.com/tickets.
IOC President THOMAS BACH will light the Coliseum’s cauldron, joined by Los Angeles Mayor ERIC GARCETTI, LA 2028 Chairman CASEY WASSERMAN, Olympic Gold MedalistRAFER JOHNSON, and IOC Board Members LARRY PROBST, ANITA DE FRANTZ, and ANGELA RUGGIERO. Johnson, who lit the Coliseum cauldron to kick off the 1984 Olympics, won the Gold and Silver Medals in the Decathlon (1960, 1956 respectively) and also was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1959.
Olympic Gold Medalists LISA FERNANDEZ (Softball, 1996, 2000, 2004) and PAUL GONZALES (Boxing,1984), and Paralympian ALMA RODRIGUEZ (Basketball) will participate in the coin toss.
Rams former WR RON BROWN, who won the Gold Medal in the 4x100 m relay at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, will be honored during the game as well.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the first stadium to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice, in 1932 and 1984. It also was home to the Los Angeles Rams from 1946 – 1979 and currently from 2016 through 2019. In 2020, the Rams will move into their permanent home at the L.A. Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park.
LA 2028 will use these two iconic Los Angeles venues for its innovative Opening Ceremony, creating a citywide cultural spectacle combining timeless Olympic traditions and cutting edge entertainment. One venue represents LA's fascination with “what’s next,” the other represents the city's unrivaled Olympic legacy. Together, the stadiums will allow the broadest possible public participation and use LA’s creative talent and technology to unite the world and strengthen the Olympic Movement’s connection to the next generation.
LA 2028’s Opening Ceremony will begin with a torch relay down the peristyle of the LA Memorial Coliseum, which will be filled with 70,000 spectators for a Hollywood-produced program of live entertainment, top musical performances and a live viewing and virtual-reality experience of all Ceremony events at the LA Stadium at Hollywood Park. The Torch Relay will proceed past iconic landmarks on the streets of Los Angeles, connecting the city’s diverse neighborhoods, until it reaches the new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park.
Simultaneously, up to 100,000 spectators at the new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park will witness a breathtaking celebration of sport and the Olympic Movement, drawing on LA’s extraordinary capacity as the global hub of entertainment. The LA Stadium at Hollywood Park will stage the formal Opening Ceremony elements, including the Parade of Nations, the Olympic Oaths, the official opening of the Games and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.
The LA Memorial Coliseum will host the formal elements of the Closing Ceremony, including the Parade of Athletes, the Olympic Flag Handover and the extinguishing of the cauldron, a fitting location as LA closes the next chapter in its rich Olympic storybook. The new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park will simultaneously host spectators for live viewing and high-tech entertainment.
The Rams previously announced other details of what will take place at Sunday’s Hispanic Heritage Game. For more information about Rams gamedays, please visitwww.therams.com/gameday or the Rams Mobile App.