Banc Of California Stadium
Banc of California Stadium
Banc of California Stadium Official Logo
LAFC Stadium Concept Art.jpg
Concept art of the completed stadium
Address 3939 South Figueroa Street
Location Los Angeles, California
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 Expo Park/USC
Owner Los Angeles FC
Operator Los Angeles FC
Capacity 22,000
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground August 23, 2016[1]
Opened 2018 (est.)
Construction cost $350 million
Architect Gensler
General contractor PCL Construction Services, Inc.[2]
Tenants
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.[3] 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[4] .

History

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.[5] 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.[6][7][8] Demolition of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena began shortly after the groundbreaking and was completed by October 2016.[9][10]

Features

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.[11] The closest seats will be 12 feet from the field and every seat will be within 135 feet of the field.[11] 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.[11][12]

The roof will be covered with 190,000 square feet (18,000 m2) of ETFE film.[11] The field will be 86,000 square feet (8,000 m2) of improved bermuda grass.[11]

Five percent of the stadium's parking spaces will have electric vehicle charging stations and 20% electric vehicle ready infrastructure.[11] The stadium will have 440 planned parking spaces for bicycles and a bike path to the stadium as part of the My Figueroa Project.[11] The stadium will be a LEED Silver certified building.[11]

2028 Summer Olympics

The stadium will be a part of the Downtown Sports Park and play host to both men's and women's soccer when Los Angeles hosts the 2028 Summer Olympics. [13]

Other sports

  • 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.[14]

References

  1. ^ Rodriguez, Alicia (August 19, 2016). "LAFC to hold groundbreaking event for new stadium on Tuesday". MLS Soccer. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ "Los Angeles Football Club Soccer Stadium and PCL Construction Participating in Hiring Event" (Press release). Los Angeles Football Club. March 10, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ Stadium, Banc of Californa. "Learn More -- Banc of California Stadium -- An Unmatched Experience". bancofcaliforniastadium.com. 
  4. ^ "Tri-Party Agreement between the State of California, USC, and LAFC" (PDF). 
  5. ^ Baxter, Kevin (May 17, 2015). "Expansion L.A. Soccer Team Plans New Stadium on Sports Arena Site". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ "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. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ Koren, James Rufus (August 23, 2016). "Banc of California snags naming rights for L.A. Football Club soccer stadium". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  8. ^ Novy-Williams, Eben (August 23, 2016). "Bank Run by 41-Year-Old Signs $100 Million Stadium-Name Deal". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ "LAFC Job Fair Flyer" (PDF). Los Angeles Football Club. March 10, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ "RIP Sports Arena: Aerial Shots Capture Demolished Former Home Of Lakers, Clippers, DNC". CBS Los Angeles. September 14, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Banc of California Stadium Facts | LAFC -- Los Angeles Football Club". LAFC. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ "New renderings of LAFC stadium". urbanizela.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ "LA 2024 - Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Bid". la24.org. 
  14. ^ "LAFC To Host Rugby Sevens At Banc Of California Stadium -- LAFC -- Los Angeles Football Club". April 4, 2017. 

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