USC's football skill position players definitely know how to get up, but this is a little extreme.
Only 3.8 miles from USC's home field, the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the U.S. Bank building has installed a 1,000-foot high 'Skyslide' in efforts to boost the skyscraper's attractiveness to those not working inside daily.
"We said, 'We have to do something that doesn't exist anywhere else,'" said Lucy Rumantir, president of OUE Ltd., a Singapore-based company that acquired the U.S. Bank building in 2013.
With the glass slide installed on the exterior of the structure, the building – actively the tallest of any west of the Mississippi River, although that is set to change with the unveiling of the Wilshire Grand hotel in Downtown L.A. in 2017 – has certainly achieved its goal. Going from the 70th floor to the 69th floor, the downhill slide has a path of roughly 45 feet, allowing riders to quickly pick up speed while looking down at a pristine view of Los Angeles from afar.
The 'Skyspace' – the area on the 70th floor – will open to the public Saturday. But USC wide receivers and Los Angeles natives JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers were given the opportunity to test-drive it Thursday. Based on this video posted to USC Athletics' Instagram account, it was a striking success:
It was certainly a fun day for the two returning starters, but it will soon be time to get to work for a USC team looking to respond from an underwhelming 8-6 campaign last season. This year's team will be tested in Week 1 against defending national champion Alabama on September 3.
And here's another view of the Skyslide from Los Angeles Times reporter Jessica Roy:
I rode the Skyslide today! pic.twitter.com/VFSVXUqOhy
— Jessica Roy (@jessica_roy) June 23, 2016