Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) has broken ground on its new 22,000-seat, soccer-specific ground, which will be known as the Banc of California Stadium.
The Major League Soccer (MLS) Club also announced a strategic partnership with Banc of California, highlighting a partnership that shows the community focus of both organisations.
The new state-of-the-art development at the site of the former Los Angeles Sports Arena will bring more than US$350m in private investment to South Los Angeles.
This includes a district that will be active on non-game days, 365-days of the year, that will feature a large public plaza, restaurants, retail store, and a conference and events centre, serving as a sports, entertainment, civic, and cultural landmark for Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined hundreds of supports and LAFC leadership, including co-owners, NBA and Los Angeles legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, actor and comedian Will Ferrell, and LAFC Lead Managing Owner Larry Berg, in celebrating the landmark occasion.
Designed by LA-based architectural firm Gensler, the Stadium will maximise both fan and player experiences, incorporating elements and best practices from entertainment and sports venues from around the world.
We start here. After years of planning and hard work we are set to make history here in the heart of the city. Banc of California Stadium will allow for greater sports-viewing and live entertainment experiences to take place in Los Angeles than ever before.
Banc of California Stadium will host a variety of community and cultural events, but has been designed with the soccer fan in mind. The 22,000-seat state-of-the-art facility will offer an intimate game-day experience for fans. The Stadium is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2018 MLS season.
The Stadium is being constructed in a place rich in Los Angeles sports history — on the site of the former Los Angeles Sports Arena and just steps from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Mayor Garcetti said:
Los Angeles is the sports and entertainment capital of the world, and today we open a new chapter in our rich history with the world’s most popular game.
The construction of this new stadium in Exposition Park will create thousands of good-paying jobs — and when their new home is built, our team will bring soccer fans from everywhere into the heart of our city.
Image courtesy LAFC.
Gensler’s Principal/Director for Sports, Ron Turner, will be presenting this project ‘LAFC: The building of a stadium & a franchise’ at next month’s Stadia and Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference, for which Gensler is an Event Sponsor.