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Banc of California Stadium
Banc of California Stadium
Banc of California Stadium Official Logo
Address 3939 South Figueroa Street
Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates 34°00?47?N 118°17?06?W / 34.013°N 118.285°W / 34.013; -118.285Coordinates: 34°00?47?N 118°17?06?W / 34.013°N 118.285°W / 34.013; -118.285
Public transit Metro Rail: Expo Park/USC
Owner Los Angeles FC
Operator Los Angeles FC
Executive suites 5
Capacity 22,000
Surface Bermuda grass
Scoreboard Panasonic[1]
Construction
Broke ground August 23, 2016[2]
Opened April 18, 2018[6][3]
Construction cost $350 million[3]
Architect Gensler
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti[4]
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.
General contractor PCL Construction Services, Inc.[5]
Tenants
Los Angeles FC (MLS) (2018-present)
Website
official website

Banc of California Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is the home of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles FC. Completed in 2018, it was the first open-air stadium built in the City of Los Angeles since 1962.[7] Constructed on the site of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, it is located next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and just south of the main campus of the University of Southern California. Los Angeles FC subleases the site from the University which has a master lease with the LA Memorial Coliseum Commission for operating and managing the Coliseum and stadium properties.[8] The stadium opened on April 18, 2018.[6][3]

History

Planning and construction

The Los Angeles Times reported on May 17, 2015 that the team chose the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena site to build a 22,000-seat state of the art stadium for the MLS in Exposition Park, costing $250 million. The group estimated the project would create 1,200 temporary construction jobs and 1,800 full-time jobs, generating $2.5 million in annual tax revenue.[9] The environmental impact report, arena demolition, and stadium construction were expected to take three years and delay the team's debut to 2018.

On May 6, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council approved the stadium, clearing a way for the construction of the stadium.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on August 23, 2016. At the event attended by owners and construction crews, LAFC announced a 15-year, $100 million naming rights deal for the stadium with the Banc of California.[10][11][12] Demolition of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena began shortly after the groundbreaking and was completed by October 2016.[13][14]

Opening

The first public event at the stadium was an open practice and dedication ceremony held on April 18, 2018.[15] The club's first match was played on April 29 against Seattle Sounders FC, with the home side winning 1-0.[16][17] The lone goal was scored by Laurent Ciman in stoppage time in front of a capacity crowd of 22,000.[17]

Features

Design

The seating capacity of the stadium is 22,000. The stadium's seating is at 34 degrees, which makes it among the steepest in MLS.[18] The closest seats are 12 feet from the field and all seats are within 135 feet of the field.[18] It includes 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) of walkways and plazas open to the public. The stadium also features press box suites with a water fountain.[18][19]

The roof is covered with 190,000 square feet (18,000 m2) of ETFE film.[18] The field is 86,000 square feet (8,000 m2) of improved bermuda grass.[18]

Five percent of the stadium's parking spaces have electric vehicle charging stations and 20% electric vehicle ready infrastructure.[18] The stadium has 440 planned parking spaces for bicycles and a bike path to the stadium as part of the My Figueroa Project.[18] The stadium is a LEED Silver certified building.[18]

2028 Summer Olympics

The stadium will be a part of the Downtown Sports Park and play host to some Track and Field events and both men's and women's soccer when Los Angeles hosts the 2028 Summer Olympics.[20]

Other sports

Rugby

It was announced on April 4, 2017, that the stadium would be host to Rugby Sevens tournaments. It will be the permanent home of the Grand Prix Rugby Series, the world's richest rugby sevens championship in history.[21]

Other Events

Concerts

Banc of California Stadium is also designed to host concerts and other musical events. It was announced on April 5, 2018, that the stadium would host the KIIS-FM Wango Tango by AT&T, a summer concert festival, on June 2, 2018.[22]

Cultural Events

LAFC has stated that Banc of California will be used for local cultural events in Los Angeles's 9th District.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Banc of California Stadium Case Study" (PDF). Panasonic. Retrieved 2018. 
  2. ^ Rodriguez, Alicia (August 19, 2016). "LAFC to hold groundbreaking event for new stadium on Tuesday". MLS Soccer. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Magic, Nomar, Hamm open LAFC stadium". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  4. ^ "Banc of California Stadium". Thornton Tomasetti. Retrieved 2018. 
  5. ^ "Los Angeles Football Club Soccer Stadium and PCL Construction Participating in Hiring Event" (Press release). Los Angeles Football Club. March 10, 2016. Archived from the original on June 23, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Dwyer, Alex (April 19, 2018). "LAFC's Banc of California Stadium is officially open for business". Major League Soccer. 
  7. ^ Stadium, Banc of California. "Learn More -- Banc of California Stadium -- An Unmatched Experience". bancofcaliforniastadium.com. 
  8. ^ "Tri-Party Agreement between the State of California, USC, and LAFC". 
  9. ^ Baxter, Kevin (May 17, 2015). "Expansion L.A. Soccer Team Plans New Stadium on Sports Arena Site". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ "LAFC owners join with Los Angeles business and community leaders to break ground on Bank of California Stadium" (Press release). Los Angeles FC. August 23, 2016. Archived from the original on August 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ Koren, James Rufus (August 23, 2016). "Banc of California snags naming rights for L.A. Football Club soccer stadium". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  12. ^ Novy-Williams, Eben (August 23, 2016). "Bank Run by 41-Year-Old Signs $100 Million Stadium-Name Deal". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "LAFC Job Fair Flyer" (PDF). Los Angeles Football Club. March 10, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 19, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  14. ^ "RIP Sports Arena: Aerial Shots Capture Demolished Former Home Of Lakers, Clippers, DNC". CBS Los Angeles. September 14, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  15. ^ Brewer, Ashley (April 18, 2018). "Los Angeles Football Club's Banc of California Stadium officially unveiled in Exposition Park". ABC 7. Retrieved 2018. 
  16. ^ Baxter, Kevin (December 18, 2017). "LAFC's stadium is coming together ahead of schedule". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^ a b https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2018-04-29-los-angeles-football-club-vs-seattle-sounders-fc/boxscore
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h "Banc of California Stadium Facts | LAFC -- Los Angeles Football Club". LAFC. Retrieved 2017. 
  19. ^ "New renderings of LAFC stadium". urbanizela.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ "LA 2024 - Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Bid". la24.org. 
  21. ^ "LAFC To Host Rugby Sevens At Banc Of California Stadium -- LAFC -- Los Angeles Football Club". April 4, 2017. Archived from the original on April 27, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Wango Tango at Banc of California Stadium". lac.com. LAFC. Retrieved 2018. 

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