Banc of California Stadium

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Banc of California Stadium
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The east side stands on Figueroa Street
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Banc of California Stadium
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Banc of California Stadium
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Banc of California Stadium
Location in the United States
Address3939 South Figueroa Street
Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates 34°00′47″N118°17′06″W / 34.013°N 118.285°W / 34.013; -118.285 Coordinates: 34°00′47″N118°17′06″W / 34.013°N 118.285°W / 34.013; -118.285
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Owner Los Angeles FC
Operator Los Angeles FC
Executive suites5
Capacity 22,000
Surface Bermuda grass
Scoreboard Panasonic [1]
Construction
Broke groundAugust 23, 2016 [2]
OpenedApril 18, 2018 [3] [4]
Construction cost$350 million [4]
Architect Gensler
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti [5]
Services engineerM–E Engineers, Inc.
General contractor PCL Construction Services, Inc. [6]
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. Opened on April 18, 2018, [3] [4] 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.

Soccer-specific stadium

Soccer-specific stadium is a term used mainly in the United States and Canada to refer to a sports stadium either purpose-built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to a multipurpose stadium which is for a variety of sports. A soccer-specific stadium may host other sporting events and concerts, but the design and purpose of a soccer-specific stadium is primarily for soccer. Some facilities have a permanent stage at one end of the stadium used for staging concerts.

Los Angeles City in California

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Major League Soccer Professional soccer league

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men's professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation which represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The league comprises 24 teams—21 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada and constitutes one of the major professional sports leagues in both countries. The regular season runs from March to October, with each team playing 34 games; the team with the best record is awarded the Supporters' Shield. Fourteen teams compete in the postseason MLS Cup Playoffs through October and November, culminating in the championship game, the MLS Cup. MLS teams also play in domestic competitions against teams from other divisions in the U.S. Open Cup and in the Canadian Championship. MLS teams also compete against continental rivals in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Contents

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. [8] The environmental impact report, arena demolition, and stadium construction were expected to take three years and delay the team's debut to 2018.

<i>Los Angeles Times</i> Daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper which has been published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It has the fourth-largest circulation among United States newspapers, and is the largest U.S. newspaper not headquartered on the East Coast. The paper is known for its coverage of issues particularly salient to the U.S. West Coast, such as immigration trends and natural disasters. It has won more than 40 Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of these and other issues. As of June 18, 2018, ownership of the paper is controlled by Patrick Soon-Shiong, and the executive editor is Norman Pearlstine.

State-of-the-art refers to the highest level of general development, as of a device, technique, or scientific field achieved at a particular time. It also refers to such a level of development reached at any particular time as a result of the common methodologies employed at the time.

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

Los Angeles City Council

The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles.

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. [9] [10] [11] Demolition of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena began shortly after the groundbreaking and was completed by October 2016. [12] [13]

Banc of California is a bank serving the state of California with 30+ banking branches in Southern California. The bank is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.

Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena former indoor arena in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was a multi-purpose arena at Exposition Park, in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. It was located next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and just south of the campus of the University of Southern California, which managed and operated both venues under a master lease agreement with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission. The arena was demolished in 2016 and replaced with Banc of California Stadium, home of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles FC which opened in 2018.

Opening

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The west and north sides during the home opener

The first public event at the stadium was an open practice and dedication ceremony held on April 18, 2018. [14] The club's first match was played on April 29 against Seattle Sounders FC, with the home side winning 1–0. [15] [16] The lone goal was scored by Laurent Ciman in stoppage time in front of a capacity crowd of 22,000. [16]

Seattle Sounders FC American Major League Soccer team

Seattle Sounders FC is an American professional soccer club based in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders compete as a member of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The club was established on November 13, 2007, and began play in 2009 as an MLS expansion team. The Sounders are a phoenix club, carrying the same name as the original franchise that competed in the North American Soccer League from 1974 to 1983.

Laurent Ciman Belgian footballer

Laurent Franco Ciman is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a defender. He is currently a defender for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer and the Belgium national football team.

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. [17] The closest seats are 12 feet from the field and all seats are within 135 feet of the field. [17] 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. [17] [18]

Walkway

In American English, walkway is a composite or umbrella term for all engineered surfaces or structures which support the use of trails.

Plaza public square in the center of a town or city

A plaza, pedestrian plaza, or place is an open urban public space, such as a city square.

Fountain piece of architecture which ejects water

A fountain is a piece of architecture which pours water into a basin or jets it into the air to supply drinking water and/or for a decorative or dramatic effect.

A northeast slice of the stadium was designed to be open to capture the downtown Los Angeles skyline and the San Gabriel Mountains. Members of the media in the angled press box have one of the best vantage points to peer through the "keyhole". [19]

The roof is covered with 190,000 square feet (18,000 m2) of ETFE film. [17] The field is 86,000 square feet (8,000 m2) of improved bermuda grass. [17]

Five percent of the stadium's parking spaces have electric vehicle charging stations and 20% electric vehicle ready infrastructure. [17] The stadium has 440 planned parking spaces for bicycles and a bike path to the stadium as part of the My Figueroa Project. [17] The stadium is a LEED Silver certified building. [17]

3252/The North End

The ground’s North End is home to the 3252 independent supporters’ union and their “safe standing” section which is among the league’s steepest at 34 degrees. The stand’s angled handrails were designed reminiscent of gripping the safety bar on a roller coaster, and for a less encumbered view. The central section of the stand is an actual removable stage — something built in to allow the stadium to play a role beyond regular MLS matchdays for concerts and events. [20] On top of the North End is a supporter-designed bar which can only be accessed from 3252 section. [21]

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. [22]

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. [23] [24]

2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

The stadium will be a venue for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. It will host two group stage matches.

Other events

Concerts

Banc of California Stadium is also designed to host concerts and other musical events. The stadium hosted KIIS-FM's Wango Tango concert on June 2, 2018. [25] Iron Maiden's Legacy of the Beast World Tour was announced for September 14, 2019. [26]

Cultural events

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

eSports

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Fortnite Pro-Am event at Banc of California Stadium.

In June 2018, Epic Games held a celebrity pro-am event for its multiplayer online video game Fortnite Battle Royale at Banc of California Stadium, as part of events coinciding with the 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The event was won by a team of professional player Ninja and electronic music producer Marshmello. [27]

See also

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