Rams Go Big in Their Preseason Opener at the Coliseum

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Imagine if the NFL season started with the Super Bowl.

In a sense, that’s how Saturday night’s exhibition game between the Rams and Dallas Cowboys will feel, with the Coliseum filled to near capacity, ready to witness the first NFL snap in Los Angeles in 7,903 days.

“It will be an event,” said ESPN color analyst Jon Gruden, who will be in the booth with new Monday Night Football play-by-play man Sean McDonough. “This will be one of those ticket stubs you want to have. It’s an emotional time. For St. Louis, it’s just awful. For L.A., it’s exciting.”

So exciting, in fact, that the Rams decided to sell about 10,000 seats they don’t plan to sell for other games, bringing the capacity of the venue to 91,000. According to the NFL, that’s believed to be the biggest crowd for an exhibition game played within the U.S., although multiple preseason games played in Mexico drew crowds in excess of 100,000.

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