The Los Angeles Rams will host the Chicago Bears for their Salute to Service military appreciation game on Sunday Night Football on November 17 at 5:20 PM PT at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. The matchup, presented by American Airlines, will be broadcast nationally on NBC, as well as on radio in English on ESPN LA 710 AM and in Spanish on KWKW 1330 AM.   As part of the Los Angeles Rams year-round military appreciation efforts, Salute to Service Week presented by California Resources Corporation (CRC), returned for a second year with daily activities that culminate with Sunday night’s game. Throughout the week (Nov. 11-17), the Rams and CRC partnered with veteran service organizations and non-profits to support the military community and to honor, empower, and connect with service members, veterans and their families. Since 2011, the NFL’s Salute to Service efforts have raised more than $34 million for military and non-profit organizations.

On Sunday night, the Rams will feature many Salute to Service elements including: a re-enlistment ceremony; the Navy Seals Leap Frog Parachute Team skydiving and landing onto the Coliseum field; a field-sized American Flag unfurled by Season Ticket Members who are active duty military members or veterans and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) families; and the pairing of the Los Angeles Rams adopted service dog, Cooper Pupp, with a deserving disabled veteran.  To ensure efficient entry to Sunday night’s game, fans are encouraged to enter the Coliseum 60 minutes prior to kickoff (4:20 PM). All gates will open at 3:00 p.m. PT, with select gates (1 and 28) opening at 2:00 p.m. PT for fans who wish to visit the Corona Beach House or Rams Party Zone spaces located on the Peristyle end of the stadium that feature concessions and shade open to all ticketholders. **On Sunday, these select areas will feature food and drink specials starting at $5. In addition, Salute to Service Rally Towels will be distributed at all gates while supplies last.

Rams Legend Preston Dennard will be available for autographs at the Alumni Autograph Zone in the peristyle from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. PT.**

For information about tickets to Rams games, including 2019 single game tickets and 2020 seating options, visit www.therams.com/tickets.

Below are additional featured events that will take place at Sunday’s Salute to Service military appreciation game:

R&B ARTIST & MARINE CORPS VETERAN TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM   Marine Corps veteran ELLIOT McKENZIE will perform the National Anthem prior to kickoff.   McKenzie is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during the Iraq War and eventually became an R&B singer/songwriter. Following his return home from Iraq, McKenzie experienced severe PTSD, depression and anxiety before battling homelessness. After years of treatment, he began to use his musical abilities as a form of therapy and is now a successful recording artist and college graduate. McKenzie’s debut album “Therapy Session” is set to release in 2020.   The U.S. ARMY COLOR GUARD FORT IRWIN will present the colors.   Two EA-18G Growlers from the Navy’s Electronic Attack Squadron will partake in a flyover following the National Anthem. 

100-YEAR-OLD WWII VETERAN TO LIGHT THE TORCH   100-year-old WWII veteran and Southern California native SIDNEY WALTON will light the Coliseum Torch prior to kickoff.    Walton enlisted in the Army in 1941, where he served as a Corporal in the 34th Infantry, 8th Division in countries such as China, India and Burma. He returned to the United States after 5 years of service and taught Geology at Duke University and North Carolina State University. Sidney and his son, Paul, are currently on a “No Regrets Tour” visiting all 50 governors and states in the U.S. and meeting millions of Americans along the way.



FORMER TWO-STAR GENERAL & SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN AIRLINES LA TO SERVE AS COIN TOSS CAPTAINS   Retired two-star General, Chief Pilot and American Airlines employee ROBERT MILLMANN and American Airlines’ Senior Vice President for Los Angeles SUZANNE BODA will join the team captains at midfield to participate in the game’s opening coin toss.

Major General Robert Millmann served in the U.S. Air Force as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 7th Air Force at the Osan Air Base in South Korea, where his mission was to organize, train and equip warfighting forces supporting the Air Component Command and perform missions that support the United Nations Command. In October of 1990, he also commanded multiple combat support missions during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. A command pilot with more than 5,200 hours in military aircraft, Millmann now serves in a civilian capacity as a captain for American Airlines.

Suzanne Boda has served as American Airlines’ Senior Vice President - Los Angeles since May of 2017, where she is charged with developing and achieving American’s strategic goals as it continues to strengthen its presence in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Boda has been a driving force for diversity, inclusion and equality in the aviation industry for over three decades.

On Sunday night, the Rams will honor military veteran and Team Rubicon Co-Founder and CEO JAKE WOOD on-field during the first quarter.    As a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. He has briefed President Obama on veteran’s issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on veteran transition and disaster response and testified before a Senate Committee to improve mental health care services for returning veterans. On July 18 of 2018, Wood was awarded the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 26th annual ESPYS in Los Angeles.   The Rams and American Airlines honor a service member at every home game. Photos are displayed on the Coliseum video boards and their dedication to service is shared with fans over the public-address system.

MUSICAL GROUP FEATURING PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT TO PERFORM ON-FIELD   Musical group THE WHISPER MILL will perform on the field during the third quarter.  

In July of 2010, guitarist & US Marine Corp veteran BRAD FITE was conducting a combat patrol in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb detonated directly beneath his vehicle causing catastrophic injuries. He became a Purple Heart recipient following his recovery and eventually began to delve back into music as a form of healing. In May of 2015, Fite met lead vocalist and San Diego native, KYLE HILDEBRAND (HILDY), a music-industry veteran and the two formed a musical group known as The Whisper Mill.

CAPTAIN OF LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT TO BE RECOGNIZED AS EVERYDAY HERO   Captain of the Los Angeles Fire Department JOHN MARASCO will be recognized on-field during the third quarter as an Everyday Hero, presented by California Resources Corporation (CRC). 

A member of the Los Angeles Fire Department for 14 years, Marasco is currently assigned to the drill tower at Fire Station 81 in the San Fernando Valley, where he is responsible for training and evaluating the next generation of firefighters. Before joining the LAFD, Marasco served in the United States Navy from 2000-2005 and attained the rank of Petty Officer second class, overseeing deployments to the middle east during Operation Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In his role, he was also responsible for aircraft and the H-46 helicopter crew’s troop insertions, transports, logistics and search and rescue operations. Marasco now resides in Thousand Oaks with his wife and two children.  FORMER COAST GUARD VETERAN TO BE RECOGNIZED AS SEASON TICKET MEMBER OF THE GAME

Former Flight Medic and Coast Guard Veteran JEANNE REINCKE will be recognized during the second quarter as the Season Ticket Member of the Game, presented by TriNet.    After joining the Coast Guard in August of 1980, Reincke was assigned as a flight medic and responded to medical emergencies at sea, provided medical aid and stabilized patients for medical evacuation to land. After 13 years in the military, she shifted to law enforcement where she served as an officer and intercepted drug and human traffickers coming across the southern border into California. A southern California native, Jeanne and her brother grew up as diehard Rams fans. Together, they would watch all the team’s games on television and even attended a few games at the LA Memorial Coliseum.

RAMS TO RECOGNIZE THIRD COMMUNITY QUARTERBACK OF 2019   The Rams will recognize their third Community Quarterback Winner of 2019, BARBARA BARNETT, on-field during pregame. The Community Quarterback Award, presented by SoCal Honda Dealers, is a volunteer recognition and grant program that awards funding to deserving volunteers and the non-profits that they serve.   Since 2011, Barnett has been a volunteer at the Bob Hope USO at LAX where she serves in a volunteer capacity as the Coordinator for Bob Hope USO’s Families of the Fallen. In her role, Barnett cares for the families that have lost a service member in the line of duty and she has personally participated in hundreds of missions. She also works with USO’s around the globe to ensure that families have the assistance and support they need during times of mourning. Married to a service member, Barnett also spent time living in Germany, where her spouse was deployed, and worked on a military base assisting high ranking military officials with their day-to-day duties.

SEVEN-TIME GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING HIP HOP ARTIST TO PERFORM DURING HALFTIME   American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor BIG BOI will perform on the field during halftime of Sunday night’s game.   Big Boi rose to prominence as a member of the legendary hip hop duo, OutKast, featuring artist Andre 3000, which sold 25 million albums and garnered seven GRAMMY® Awards to become the first and only hip-hop artist in history to win the GRAMMY® for “Album of the Year” upon release of the 2003 RIAA Diamond-certified Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. In his own solo career, Big Boi has flourished releasing 3 solo studio albums and hit singles such as “All Night” which registered 40 million streams within a year and was performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and more. The artist also kicked off 2019 by taking the stage alongside Maroon 5 and Travis Scott at the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show on February 2, when the Rams played the New England Patriots.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS COMING TO LA MEMORIAL COLISEUM   NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus will travel to the LA Memorial Coliseum on November 17 for the Rams-Bears matchup. The bus will be located outside the stadium on Exposition Lawn between Gates 19 and 23. The Football Night in America pregame show featuring host Liam McHugh and analyst Cris Collinsworth will also be live from Olympic Plaza from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. PT.   Fans will get a closer look at the behind-the-scenes action of SNF broadcasts on the bus, which will take fans from the field, to the studio and in the production trucks. New experiences on board this year include augmented reality mirrors in the locker room and a green screen booth to replicate the iconic player intros in the SNF broadcast. Features returning to the bus include the official Player of the Game Ball signed at the end of every SNF matchup, a replica of the Football Night in America desk and more.   The bus will arrive in Los Angeles two days prior to the game, making stops at local trademarks and events before heading to the Coliseum. Once at the stadium, the Sunday Night Football bus will give fans the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show.   Below is the SNF bus weekend schedule:  Friday, November 15 – Marina Del Rey from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. PT  Saturday, November 16 – Pershing Square Ice Rink from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT  

FORMER RAMS QUARTERBACK TO BE HONORED AS LEGEND OF THE GAME   Rams Legend and former Pro Bowler JIM EVERETT will be honored during the third quarter.     Selected with the third overall pick of the 1986 NFL Draft, Everett was named to the 1986 NFL All-Rookie Team and was a Pro Bowler in 1990. He also led the league in passing touchdowns for two seasons and is currently tied for the third-most postseason wins by a starting quarterback in franchise history. In 1989, Everett led the Rams to a 21-7 road victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Round. After 12 seasons in the league, including eight with the Rams (1986 – 1993), he retired from football in 1997. Everett later went on to earn his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University before starting his own asset management company in Southern California. 

11-YEAR-OLD COUNTRY MUSIC STAR TO PERFORM IN FAN FEST   11-year-old County music star MASON RAMSEY will perform in Fan Fest during pregame at 2:30 p.m. PT.   An internet sensation who has captured the hearts of millions, Ramsey was discovered in 2018 when a foot-tapping video of him yodeling in an Illinois Walmart went viral. Since then, he has performed on national television and at music festivals, becoming the youngest Country artist to sign with a major record label in a generation and recently releasing an acclaimed debut single “Famous”.

Watts Rams Youth Football player ERICK JOCOBO will serve as the team’s Community Water Boy of the game.

For every home game this season, a member of the Watts Rams Youth Football program will be selected by coaches and LAPD officers to serve as the Rams Community Water Boy of the game in recognition of their efforts in the classroom, their community and on the field.

Entering the 2019 season, the Los Angeles Rams formalized their support of the youth football program and the LAPD’s efforts to bridge community and police relations through the game of football by renaming the Watts Bears, the Watts Rams. As part of the partnership, the Los Angeles Rams are funding all components of the Watts Rams program, including uniforms and equipment. Throughout the year, the Rams will provide engagement opportunities with current players, alumni, coaches, scouts, and football operations staff, as well as host a career day for the Watts Rams players to expose them to business opportunities within the sports industry as a way to expand their knowledge and ignite their passions beyond the playing field.

Mariachi Rams, led by Grammy nominated recording artist and producer Jose Hernandez, is a nine-piece Los Angeles based group that wears a traditional charro suit featuring the Rams throwback colors (royal blue and yellow) along with boots designed by local artist Kickstradomis. The group was formerly introduced at the Rams home opener on Sunday, September 15.

Note: The Mariachi Rams will also perform in Fan Fest at 3:00 p.m. and the Corona Beach House at 3:40 p.m.  DETAILS FOR FANS ATTENDING SUNDAY’S GAME:   To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests, details for what fans may expect include:

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION   Parking in Exposition Park and select USC Campus lots are by permit only and there is no public parking in Exposition Park for Rams games. Additional overflow parking is available on USC Campus and the USC Parking Center. USC Gameday Traffic Flow will be in effect for guests driving to the Coliseum (map available here). Please note, drivers may only make right turns onto streets around the Coliseum and USC to enter parking lots.

Parking lots open at 12:00 PM and close 90 minutes after the end of the game. Vehicles must exit the stadium parking lots by 90 minutes after the conclusion of the game.

Limited cash parking lots will be available on a first-come first-served basis for $50 at the following locations:

Parking in Exposition Park lots are by permit only.   For maps and transportation information, visit https://www.therams.com/game-day/parking.   In addition, the following street closures will be in effect:

Fans driving to the game can use Waze for real-time traffic conditions and directions, and official parking lots. Download the free Waze app at www.waze.com/get.   

Due to limited parking, fans are encouraged to take public transportation. For people who “Go Metro on Game Day,” the Coliseum is easily accessible from the following Metro stations: Expo Park/USC, Expo/Vermont, and 37th St/USC. More information can be found at https://www.metro.net/riding/gameday/.

TAILGATING & PREGAME ACTIVITIES  For the second consecutive year, the Rams are partnering with Tailgate Guys to offer fans the ability to rent private tailgating space and turnkey services for groups of 10 or more people on the Expo Lawns. The tailgates begin five hours prior to kickoff and include a reserved location steps from the stadium with tents, tables and chairs as well as a variety of optional services – bellhop and unloading services from a vehicle upon arrival, food and beverage catering services, coolers with ice, satellite television and equipment breakdown.

The Rams will continue to offer a VIP Tailgate for guests wanting an all-inclusive high-end experience. The VIP Tailgate is located at Banc of California Stadium, opens three hours prior to kickoff and includes food, music, TVs airing NFL games, and chances to meet Rams Legends and Cheerleaders. 

For more information on these tailgate options, please visit https://www.therams.com/tickets/pregame-hospitality.

There is no tailgating on the USC Campus or USC Campus Parking Facilities during Los Angeles Rams games.

Tailgating is allowed in designated Exposition Park lots (Lot 4, Lot 5, Lot 6, South Lawn and State Dr.) as well as the Gold Lot (adjacent to LAFC). Tailgating is not permitted in the Visitor Parking Structure.

In designated lots, tailgating is allowed only in individual parking spaces, in front or behind each vehicle only. Tailgating equipment must not block pedestrian or vehicle access. The use of multiple spaces without a vehicle is prohibited. A small canopy (not larger than 8’x8′) may be erected in front of or behind each vehicle only.

The Rams Fan Fest includes free public entry and is conveniently located on Christmas Tree Lane in Expo Park on the East side of the Coliseum. Fan Fest opens four hours prior to kickoff and closes 30 minutes prior to kickoff and includes: Cedars-Sinai Kids’ Zone, live pregame radio broadcast with 710 ESPN LA, cheerleader and Rams Alumni appearances, opportunities to sign up and win exclusive Rams experiences, as well as Rams merchandise and concessions available for sale.

The Corona Beach House at Gate 1 opens three hours prior to kickoff and offers premium beverage options and the chance to watch NFL RedZone, showing every touchdown from every game on Sunday mornings and afternoons.    The Rams Party Zone at Gate 28 opens three hours prior to kickoff and includes food and beverage for sale well as shaded areas. New this year, the Rams Party Zone will feature a grab & go marketplace and cocktail bar. Fans must enter through Gates 1 or 28 to access the Rams Party Zone prior to general doors opening.

SECURITY   To ensure a safe gameday experience, the Los Angeles Rams, NFL and USC are working with city, state and federal agencies including the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, California Highway Patrol and the FBI, in addition to private security firms.

Gates open two hours prior to kickoff, excluding Gates 1 and 28 which open three hours prior to kickoff for fans who wish to visit the Corona Beach House or Rams Party Zone. For the safety of guests, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has a no re-entry policy. If a guest exits the facility, they will not be allowed to re-enter.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum features enhanced security elements for all events. Metal detectors are installed at all gates and guests will be required to walk through them before entering the stadium.

The Clear Bag Policy will be in effect for all games at the Coliseum. The Rams strongly encourage fans to not bring any type of bags but outlined below is what is permissible. Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment, we ask that fans refrain from the following behavior at all events.

Event patrons are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of the guests and/or persons using their tickets. Even if Season Ticket Members give away or sell their tickets to a game, the account holder is accountable for the actions of those using the tickets. Accounts can be forfeited partially or entirely for violations of the Fan Code of Conduct.

Fans are encouraged to report inappropriate behavior to management personnel. For assistance, call or text 213-263-4007. Message and data rates may apply.

TICKETS   Will Call is located outside Gate 1 and will open four hours prior to kickoff and closes after halftime. Will Call tickets can only be claimed by the person whose name appears on the ticket envelope. Valid photo I.D. is required. Additionally, at Will Call, fans may purchase tickets to future Rams games if available.

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