The east side stands on Figueroa Street
|Address||3939 South Figueroa Street|
|Location||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Owner||Los Angeles FC|
|Operator||Los Angeles FC|
|Broke ground||August 23, 2016|
|Opened||April 18, 2018|
|Construction cost||$350 million|
|Structural engineer||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Services engineer||M–E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||PCL Construction Services, Inc.|
|Los Angeles FC (MLS) (2018–present)|
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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.
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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.Demolition of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena began shortly after the groundbreaking and was completed by October 2016.
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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".
The roof is covered with 190,000 square feet (18,000 m2) of ETFE film. The field is 86,000 square feet (8,000 m2) of improved bermuda grass.
Five percent of the stadium's parking spaces have electric vehicle charging stations and 20% electric vehicle ready infrastructure.The stadium has 440 planned parking spaces for bicycles and a bike path to the stadium as part of the My Figueroa Project. The stadium is a LEED Silver certified building.
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