The Bob Hope USO at Los Angeles International Airport relocated Friday to larger digs on the ground level of the iconic Theme Building on Center Way.
The new center is about double the size of the previous USO facility located near Terminal 2, with a total of 7,100 square feet to serve current members of the military and their families traveling through LAX.
“The men and women of our armed forces put their lives on the line to protect us every day — they deserve a warm welcome when they come home, and when they’re traveling through our airport,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “This beautiful new facility opens a new chapter in the rich history of the Bob Hope USO at LAX, and I am proud to see it open its doors today.”
The USO at LAX has been in operation since 1974 and was at its most recent location at Terminal 2 for 18 years. Part of the new center pays homage to Bob Hope and his longtime support of the USO and American troops with a curated display about the comedian, who died on July 27, 2003.
Amenities for visiting troops and their families at the USO include a canteen snack bar; dining room; large nap room; family zone with play area and three private family rooms with a dedicated restroom; three family video connection rooms; a TV lounge and movie theater; gaming lounge; selfie wall; charging stations; secure luggage storage; and an outdoor pavilion.
All services, food and beverages are provided free of charge to current members of the military and their dependent family members. The USO is funded through donations and operated by team of more than 250 USO volunteers who keep the facility open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“We are proud to open the doors of our iconic LAX Theme Building to our service members and their families, as the new home of the Bob Hope USO,” said Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports. “This renovated facility provides the Bob Hope USO an incredible space that reflects progress on our commitment to creating a world-class airport experience for all of our guests.”