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Dignity Health Sports Park
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Dignity Health Sports Park
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Former namesHome Depot Center
(2003–2013)
StubHub Center
(2013–2018)
Address18400 Avalon Boulevard
Location Carson, California, U.S.
Coordinates 33°51′50″N118°15′40″W / 33.864°N 118.261°W / 33.864; -118.261 Coordinates: 33°51′50″N118°15′40″W / 33.864°N 118.261°W / 33.864; -118.261
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Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
OperatorAEG
Capacity 27,000 (Current) [1]
30,000 (Planned) [2]
Field size120 yd × 75 yd (110 m × 69 m)
SurfaceBandera Bermuda Grass [3]
Construction
Broke groundFebruary 26, 2002 [4]
OpenedJune 1, 2003;
16 years ago
 (2003-06-01) [5]
Construction cost $150 million;
soccer stadium-only costs within the complex were around $87 million
Architect Rossetti Architects
Structural engineerJohn A. Martin & Associates, Inc. [6]
Services engineerAG Engineering Group, Inc. [7]
General contractor PCL Construction Services, Inc. [8]
Tenants
LA Galaxy (MLS) (2003–present)
Chivas USA (MLS) (2005–2014)
Los Angeles Riptide (MLL) (2006–2008)
Los Angeles Sol (WPS) (2009)
LA Galaxy II (USLC) (2015–present)
Los Angeles Chargers (NFL) (2017–present)
Los Angeles Wildcats (XFL) (2020)

Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly the Home Depot Center and StubHub Center, is a multiple-use sports complex located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California that consists of a soccer stadium, a separate tennis stadium, a track and field facility, and a velodrome: VELO Sports Center. [9] It is approximately fourteen miles (23 km) south of downtown Los Angeles and its primary tenant is the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS). It is also the temporary home of the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).

A sports complex is a group of sports facilities. For example, there are track and field stadiums, football stadiums, baseball stadiums, swimming pools, and Indoor arenas. This area is a sports complex, for fitness. Olympic Park is also a kind of Entertainment complex.

California State University, Dominguez Hills university

California State University, Dominguez Hills is a public university in Carson, California. It was founded in 1960 and is part of the California State University (CSU) system.

Carson, California City in California, United States

Carson is a city in Los Angeles County, California, located 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown Los Angeles and approximately 14 miles away from the Los Angeles International Airport. Incorporated on February 20, 1968, Carson is the newest municipality in the South Bay region of Metropolitan Los Angeles. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 91,714.

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Opened in 2003, the $150 million complex was developed and is operated by the Anschutz Entertainment Group. With a seating capacity of 27,000, it is the largest soccer-specific stadium in the U.S. and the second-largest among its kind in MLS, after Canadian Toronto FC's BMO Field. In addition to hosting LA Galaxy games since its opening, the stadium also served as the home of the now-defunct Chivas USA MLS team from 2005 to 2014.

Anschutz Entertainment Group company

The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) is an American worldwide sporting and music entertainment presenter and a subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation. It is the world's largest owner of sports teams and sports events. Under the AEG Presents brand, it is the world's second largest presenter of live music and entertainment events after Live Nation. AEG Presents was started in 2002.

Soccer-specific stadium Type of sports 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.

Toronto FC association football club in Canada

Toronto Football Club is a professional soccer club based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home matches at BMO Field, located at Exhibition Place on Toronto's shoreline. Toronto FC joined MLS in 2007 as an expansion team and was the first Canadian-based franchise in the league.

The stadium became the temporary home of the Los Angeles Chargers beginning in 2017 – making it the smallest NFL stadium – until the completion of the SoFi Stadium in 2020, which they will then share with the Los Angeles Rams. During the 2018 Los Angeles Chargers season, while the Chargers played in the stadium, the facility was named ROKiT Field at StubHub Center; ROKiT's naming rights to the football field are part of a "multi-year" agreement. [10]

The 2017 Los Angeles Chargers season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 58th overall, the second in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the first under head coach Anthony Lynn. It was the Chargers' first season in Los Angeles since their inaugural 1960 season, when they were in the AFL, as the team exercised its option to move back to the city and join the Los Angeles Rams on January 12, 2017. The 2017 season was the first of three seasons played at StubHub Center prior to the new stadium in Inglewood being completed in 2020.

SoFi Stadium NFL stadium under construction in the LA area

SoFi Stadium, formerly Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, is an ETFE roof–covered stadium and entertainment complex under construction in Inglewood, California, United States. It is located at the former site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack, approximately three miles (5 km) from Los Angeles International Airport, immediately southeast of The Forum.

Los Angeles Rams National Football League franchise in Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team based in Los Angeles, California. The Rams compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The club has won three NFL championships, and is the only one to win championships representing three cities. The Rams play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, until the completion of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood in 2020.

During its first decade, the stadium's sponsor was hardware retailer The Home Depot. In 2013, the title sponsor became the online ticket marketplace StubHub. In 2019, the name sponsor became healthcare provider Dignity Health.

The Home Depot American home improvement supplies retailing company

The Home Depot Inc. or Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in the United States, supplying tools, construction products, and services. The company is headquartered at the Atlanta Store Support Center in unincorporated Cobb County, Georgia.

StubHub American ticket brokering company

StubHub is an online ticket exchange company owned by eBay, which provides services for buyers and sellers of tickets for sports, concerts, theater and other live entertainment events. It has grown from the largest secondary-market ticket marketplace in the United States into the world's largest ticket marketplace. While the company does not currently disclose its financials, in 2015 it had over 16 million unique visitors and nearly 10 million live events per month.

Dignity Health

Dignity Health is a California-based not-for-profit public-benefit corporation that operates hospitals and ancillary care facilities in 3 states. As such, it is exempt from federal and state income taxes. Dignity Health is the fifth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California. Dignity Health was founded in 1986 by the Sisters of Mercy under the name Catholic Healthcare West.

History and facilities

Originally opened as the "Home Depot Center" in 2003, it was renamed "StubHub Center" on June 1, 2013. [11] [12] It was renamed "Dignity Health Sports Park" on January 1, 2019, after Dignity Health signed a new naming rights agreement. [13] [14] [15]

The 27,000-seat main stadium was the second American sports arena designed specifically for soccer in the MLS era. When the venue opened in June 2003 as the new home of LA Galaxy, a number of special events took place in celebration. Pelé was in attendance at the opening match along with many dignitaries from the soccer world and other celebrities.

Major League Soccer Professional soccer league in the United States and Canada

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 league plans to expand to 28 teams with the additions of Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC in 2020, Austin FC in 2021, and a St. Louis franchise in 2022, with further plans to expand to 30 teams at a later date.

Pelé Brazilian retired footballer

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE, known as Pelé, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award. That same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful domestic league goal-scorer in football history scoring 650 goals in 694 League matches, and in total 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and is a Guinness World Record. During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world.

In addition to the soccer stadium, Dignity Health Sports Park features the 2,450-seat VELO Sports Center (velodrome), an 8,000-seat tennis stadium. and an outdoor track and field facility that has 2,000 permanent seats and is expandable to 20,000. [16] Soccer stadium building costs within the $150 million complex were around $87 million. [17]

2017 renovations

In 2017, to accommodate the Chargers' use of the stadium, upgrades were made at cost to the Chargers including bleachers in the second deck on the east side of the stadium being replaced by tip-up seats and moved to the berm on the north side, adding 1,000 seats. A new section of upper-level bleachers, which seat 330, were erected in the southeast corner of the stadium. Also, the luxury suites were renovated with new seats, furniture, community tables, and engineered hardwood floors and the press box underwent an upgrade with a third row added to the main box, boosting capacity from about 35 to 53. Floors were constructed on the roof of the luxury suites so an auxiliary press box could be built on both sides of the main box.

Two new radio booths were built outside the south side of the press box, and a large new booth on the north side which serves as a security command post for police and NFL officials was constructed. Two booths were added on each side of the press box for the NFL-mandated 20-yard-line television cameras, and a stairway allowing access to the roof of the main box was built to accommodate the 50-yard-line camera. To accommodate 53-man NFL rosters, four small locker rooms were converted to two larger ones with 60 cubicles in each. Also added were small postgame news conference rooms for each team and rooms for game officials and the chain gang. [18]

Tenants

Aside from being home to the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer, it was also home to two defunct clubs, the MLS team Chivas USA as well as Los Angeles Sol of the Women's Professional Soccer. The stadium hosted the 2003 MLS All-Star Game and the MLS Cup in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012 [19] and 2014.

Dignity Health Sports Park was also the site of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup final. Both the United States women's and men's national soccer teams often use the facility for training camps and select home matches.

It also hosted the 2004 NCAA Men's College Cup, with Duke, Indiana, Maryland, and UC Santa Barbara qualifying.

The track and field stadium on the site is also home to the LA Galaxy II of the USL Championship, farm club to the parent Galaxy.

On July 30, 2016, it hosted a 2016 International Champions Cup match between Paris Saint-Germain and Leicester City. Paris Saint-Germain won the match 4–0 to complete a perfect record in the ICC.

International women's soccer matches

DateCompetitionTeamResTeamCrowd
September 21, 2003 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–2Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 8,500
September 25, 2003 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1–1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 13,929
September 25, 2003 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 0–3Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 13,929
September 21, 2003 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1–0Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 10,027
October 11, 2003 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Third place Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3–1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 25,253
September 21, 2003 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1–0 ( a.e.t. )Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 26,137
August 31, 2018International friendlyFlag of the United States.svg  United States 3–0Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 23,544

MLS Cup

DateTeamResultTeamSpectators
November 23, 2003 San Jose Earthquakes 4–2 Chicago Fire 27,000
November 14, 2004 D.C. United 3–2 Kansas City Wizards 25,797
November 23, 2008 Columbus Crew 3–1 New York Red Bulls 27,000
November 20, 2011 Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 Houston Dynamo 30,281
December 1, 2012 Los Angeles Galaxy 3–1 Houston Dynamo 30,510
December 7, 2014 Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 (AET) New England Revolution 27,000

Other sports

The stadium hosted the first three editions (2004–06) of the USA Sevens, an annual international rugby sevens competition that is part of the World Rugby Sevens Series, and will again host that event in 2020. [20] The stadium has also hosted all United States national team matches for the Pacific Nations Cup since 2013.

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A fireworks display at Dignity Health Sports Park

It was also the location for the State Championship Bowl Games for high school football teams in the state of California from 2006 to 2014. The Semper Fidelis All America game was held there on January 5, 2014, featuring an East vs West high school matchup. The first college football game was held at the stadium on January 21, 2012, as the AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, with the National Team beating the American Team 20–14. [21] [22]

The track played host to the 2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. It is also the home of the Adidas Running Club, a member of the USA Elite Running Circuit, and the Adidas Track Classic. Dignity Health Sports Park is also home to EXOS, formerly Athletes' Performance, which trains athletes in a variety of sports. [23]

The Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse played their home games at the track and field stadium. [24] [25] [ non-primary source needed ] The soccer and tennis stadiums of the Center have also served as the main venues for ESPN's Summer X Games. [26] [27] [ non-primary source needed ]

From 2010 to 2016, it hosted the Reebok CrossFit Games. Initially only utilizing the tennis stadium, over the years it also expanded to the running field and the soccer stadium. [28]

The facility has also hosted several high-profile professional boxing matches, including Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham, Brandon Ríos vs. Urbano Antillón, Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook and matches featuring other notable fighters. The venue has become iconic among boxing fans for its electric atmosphere. [29]

On August 16, 2013, Resurrection Fighting Alliance held an MMA event RFA 9: Curran vs. Munhoz with the main event crowning a new Bantamweight Champion.[ citation needed ]

The Los Angeles Chargers began their three-year tenure at Dignity Health Sports Park in the 2017 NFL season, while SoFi Stadium in Inglewood is being built. [30] [31] [32]

2028 Summer Olympics

During the 2028 Summer Olympics, the venue will host rugby, tennis, modern pentathlon, field hockey, and track cycling. [33]

Entertainment

Concerts

The Vans Warped Tour was held annually in the stadium parking lot until the tour’s final year in 2018.

It also served as the host facility for the first two seasons of Spike TV's Pros vs Joes reality sports contests.

In 2007 it received the bands Héroes del Silencio, in their Tour 2007, [34] and Soda Stereo in their Me Verás Volver tour 2007.

In film and TV

The facility is often used to provide a stadium background in film, television and advertising. [35]

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Panoramic view of the then-Home Depot Center during the MLS Cup 2008

Transportation

Dignity Health Sports Park is located south of the Avalon Boulevard exit on California State Route 91.

In 2017, the LA Galaxy launched a shuttle bus service with two routes connecting Dignity Health Sports Park with the Harbor Gateway Transit Center and Del Amo station, operated by Long Beach Transit. [36]

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Qualcomm Stadium
Home of the Los Angeles Chargers
2017–present
Succeeded by
SoFi Stadium (under construction)
Preceded by
Rose Bowl
Home of the
LA Galaxy

2003–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of
Chivas USA

2005–2014
Succeeded by
Team Dissolved
Preceded by
Aloha Stadium
Host of the
Pan-Pacific Championship

2009–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Gillette Stadium
RFK Stadium
BMO Field
Sporting Park
Host of the MLS Cup
2003 & 2004
2008
2011 & 2012
2014
Succeeded by
Pizza Hut Park
Qwest Field
Sporting Park
Mapfre Stadium
Preceded by
Rose Bowl
Pasadena
FIFA Women's World Cup
Final Venue

2003
Succeeded by
Hongkou Stadium
Shanghai
Preceded by
Nickerson Field
Host of
Major League Lacrosse championship weekend

2006
Succeeded by
PAETEC Park
Preceded by
first stadium
Sam Boyd Stadium
Home of
USA Sevens

2004–2006
2020–future
Succeeded by
Petco Park
incumbent
Preceded by
Columbus Crew Stadium
Host of the College Cup
2004
Succeeded by
SAS Soccer Park