The Galen Center is the home of the basketball and volleyball teams of the University of Southern California USC Trojans. In addition, the Galen Center contains an indoor arena that provides a location for concerts, banquets and other purposes such as local high school graduation ceremonies. The venue is the current location for the annual Kids' Choice awards.
When the Galen Center opened in 2006, it completed a process that had taken over 100 years to achieve. Construction began in 2004, and culminated in 2006 when the Galen Center hosted a volleyball game against Stanford. The first concert was held nine days later and featured gospel and R&B great Al Green.
In addition to the Galen Center, two new parking structures were built, which provide parking to both the venue as well as additional parking for the campus and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, home of the football team.
The Galen Center was named for longtime USC supporters Helene and Louis Galen. The attendance record was set in 2008 at a basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats, when 10,248 fans attended the game.
Besides being the home of USC sports teams, the venue has hosted a world heavyweight battle featuring Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne, as well as the first concert of Jay Chou's 2007 World Tour, the audition sessions of Fox's "The X-Factor" in 2011 and 2013, a graduation ceremony for LAPD and a Los Angeles Lakes practice game, both in 2011.
The Galen Center is located at 3400 South Figueroa Street near the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard. From the 110 freeway north, take the Exposition Boulevard exit and turn right on Figueroa. From the 110 freeway south, take the Exposition exit, turn right on Exposition and then right on Figueroa. From the 10 Freeway east, exit on Hoover Street and turn right on Hoover, then left on Jefferson and right on Figueroa. From the 10 Freeway west, take the Hoover exit, turn right on Hoover, left on Jefferson and right on Figueroa.
There are five parking lots within walking distance of the venue which provide more than 6,000 parking spaces. For Parking Structure 2, the entrance is on Figueroa south of McCarthy Way. Parking Structure X is located across the street from the venue and can also be access from McCarthy Way.
Parking on non-event days is $8. However, the parking rate varies on event days. For more information, contact the USC Transportation Services at (213) 740-3375.
The Ticket Office is located by the Galen Center's North Gate at the corner of Figueroa and Jefferson Boulevard, and can be reached at (213) 821-4253 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on USC athletic events, call (855) 937-5294.