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Football: Coliseum appears out as City final site

November 5, 2008 |  9:58 am


The City Section has started to search for a site to host its championship games in football after the cost to play at the Coliseum became too prohibitive, City administrator John Aguirre said Wednesday.

Aguirre thought he had an agreement to play the City Championship Division final at the Coliseum on Dec. 13 but no longer.

"I was verbally given significantly less in prices," he said of an original proposal.

A written offer to rent the Coliseum is $30,000 above what the City had planned.

L.A. Southwest College and four high schools -- Birmingham, Crenshaw, Granada Hills and San Pedro -- are under consideration as sites for the City Championship Division final on Dec. 13 and the City Invitational final on Dec. 12.

Aguirre said he is still planning to make a counter offer to the Coliseum this week, but he's not optimistic of getting an agreement that the City Section can afford.

Not playing at the Coliseum would be a big disappointment to the high school football players in the City Section. The game has been played at the historic facility every season since 1996.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: L.A. Coliseum. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times