Concept art of the completed stadium
|Address||3939 South Figueroa Street|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|Public transit||Expo Park/USC|
|Owner||Los Angeles FC|
|Operator||Los Angeles FC|
|Broke ground||August 23, 2016|
|Opened||Spring 2018 (est.)|
|Construction cost||$350 million|
|General contractor||PCL Construction Services, Inc.|
|Los Angeles FC (MLS) (2018-) planned|
Banc of California Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium under construction in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is the first open-air stadium built in the City of Los Angeles since 1962 and will be the home of the expansion Major League Soccer team Los Angeles FC. Being 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 Sports Arena properties.
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. 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.
The scheduled groundbreaking 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. Demolition of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena began shortly after the groundbreaking and was completed by October 2016.
The seating capacity of the stadium will be 22,000. The stadium's seating will be at 34 degrees, which makes it among the steepest in MLS. The closest seats will be 12 feet from the field and every seat will be within 135 feet of the field. It will include 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) of walkways and plazas open to the public. The stadium will also feature press box suites with a swimming pool.
Five percent of the stadium's parking spaces will have electric vehicle charging stations and 20% electric vehicle ready infrastructure. The stadium will have 440 planned parking spaces for bicycles and a bike path to the stadium as part of the My Figueroa Project. The stadium will be a LEED Silver certified building.
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.