The Los Angeles Rams will open preseason play against the Dallas Cowboys Aug. 13 in what will be the first NFL game to be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1994, the league announced Thursday.
The game will be televised by ESPN. The opening kickoff will be shortly after 5 p.m.
“We are excited to open the preseason on a national stage here in Los Angeles,” said Rams coach Jeff Fisher. “This is a historic year and we can’t wait to get in front of the fans for the first time at the Coliseum.”
The game will be the Cowboys’ first at the Coliseum since Oct. 25, 1992, when they defeated the then-Los Angeles Raiders 28-13 before a crowd of 91,505.
The Rams other home preseason game will be against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second weekend of preseason play, Aug. 18-22. The Rams annually played a preseason game against the Chiefs from 1996-2015 — all but their first year in St. Louis — with the winner receiving the Governor’s Cup.
The Rams will play road preseason games against the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos during the third weekend of preseason play (Aug. 25-28) and the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 1 or Sept. 2 in the second preseason game at the Vikings’ new home, U.S. Bank Stadium.
The dates for the final three preseason games will be announced later.
Fans can sign up to receive preseason ticket information at WelcomeHomeRams.com.
The regular-season schedule is customarily announced in late April.
The last time an NFL game was played at the Coliseum was on Dec. 24, 1994, when the Raiders lost to the Chiefs, 19-9, before a crowd of 67,642. The Raiders returned to Oakland in 1995 after playing in Los Angeles for 13 seasons.
The Aug. 13 preseason opener will mark the first time the Rams will be the home team at the Coliseum since Dec. 16, 1979, when they lost to the New Orleans Saints, 29-14.
The Rams then defeated the Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in road playoff games to reach Super Bowl XIV, which they lost to Pittsburgh in their only Super Bowl appearance during their initial time in Southern California. The Rams played their home games at what is now Angel Stadium from 1980-94 before moving to St. Louis.
— Wire reports