The ribbon has been cut and the doors are officially open at Banc of California Stadium, the new home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).
LAFC players, staff and owners had a chance to break in their new home in the heart of Los Angeles. The team will play its first game in the stadium later this month.
In addition to a soccer field, the $350 million stadium houses shops, a multitude of food options, and conference space.
The 22,000-seat, Gensler-designed stadium has been under construction since 2016 and has been built on a site previously occupied by the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
With the unveiling of Banc of California Stadium, LAFC christened the first open-air stadium to be built in LA since Dodger Stadium in 1962.
Standing tall next to the historic LA Memorial Coliseum, host to two Olympic Games and soon to be a third, the privately-funded stadium stands as a testament to a city built on dreams.
Exposition Park has a rich sports history and serves as an anchor for the southern end of Los Angeles’ Figueroa development corridor, which extends north to Dodger Stadium.
The area is well served by existing public transportation, including the Expo Line Light Rail, which will provide convenient access to the stadium for fans.
Banc of California hosts its first match on April 29 as LAFC take on the Seattle Sounders.
LAFC owner Nomar Garciaparra said:
People have already been talking about the Supporters that we have, it’s amazing. And we haven’t even played our first home game. They were talking about it even before we played our very first game in MLS, people were talking about the support has been unbelievable.
But I think the stadium and location is a key part to that. It’s the heart of LA. And it’s going to take the heart of LA to continue the success.