• Loading stock data...
Sunday, April 21, 2024
  • -
    days
  • -
    hours
  • -
    minutes
  • -
    seconds

LAFC Owners Join City Leaders To Unwrap State-of-the-Art Banc Of California Stadium In Los Angeles

LAFC ownership (Photo by LAFC)

LAFC Ownership (Photo by LAFC)

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) made history once again, “unwrapping” for the city and world the new, state-of-the-art Banc of California Stadium at an event on April 18th.

Together with supporters, city and county leaders and representatives from Major League Soccer, LAFC owners spoke to the L.A. community.

Located in Exposition Park, Banc of California Stadium brings more than $350 million in private investments to South Los Angeles. The stadium was designed by leading architect Gensler Sports.

In addition to the 22,000-seat stadium, the project includes a district that will serve as a sport, entertainment, civic and cultural landmark for Los Angeles, featuring a large public plaza, restaurants, LAFC retail store and a conference and events center that will be active 365-days of the year.

“Los Angeles is where championship dreams blossom into iconic superstars and legendary teams. That journey begins today for LAFC,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I’m proud to welcome our new team to this spectacular new stadium, where Angelenos can be a part of the next chapter in MLS history.”  

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Councilmember Curren Price, and Council President Herb Wesson were first to speak. Joining them was MLS Commissioner Don Garber and LAFC ownership, including co-owners Earvin “Magic” Johnson, two-time Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm Garciaparra, former Major League Baseball All-Star Nomar Garciaparra, entertainment and sports leader Peter Guber. Additionally, LAFC lead managing owner Larry Berg, co-managing owners Bennett Rosenthal and Brandon Beck, and LAFC President Tom Penn all spoke in celebrating the landmark occasion.

Field Level (Photo by LAFC)

“It is an honor to unveil this world-class stadium to the Los Angeles community,” said LAFC lead managing owner Larry Berg. “This project is not only about providing our fans and supporters a state-of-the-art venue to watch soccer in the heart of Los Angeles, but this is about our Club’s commitment to investing in and elevating our entire city.”

Banc of California Stadium is built in an area rich in Los Angeles sports history, sitting adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, home of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, USC Trojans football and the temporary home of the Los Angeles Rams.

“It’s been incredibly exciting for me and my constituents to drive past Expo Park and see this marvelous soccer stadium rise from the rubble,” said Councilman Curren Price, who represents District 9 that includes Banc of California Stadium and other major developments and investments in the area. “This is a defining moment in the history of South Los Angeles, and now it’s finally here. Banc of California Stadium will be a critical piece of the local economy and is a representation of the promising future of our community.”

State-of-the-Art Scoreboards (Photo by LAFC)

Banc of California Stadium will host a variety of community, entertainment and cultural events in addition to soccer matches. In 2028, the stadium is slated to serve as a participating site in the Los Angeles Olympics.

“I am honored to support and celebrate LAFC’s commitment to Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, a member of the LA Coliseum Commission. “This magnificent Banc of California Stadium will do more than provide a new state-of-the-art place to play soccer, it will bring thousands of jobs and economic opportunity to the surrounding community and beyond, furthering the transformation already taking place in this region.”

The stadium took a total of 20 months of construction, and produced over 3,000 total jobs, with 40% of those locally hired workers from the surrounding community.

“Thank you to the hundreds of workers who spent countless hours, seven days a week to ensure our new LAFC home was completed,” said LAFC co-owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “Now we have a state-of-the-art stadium for our amazing fans in South Los Angeles as the first step to building a winning franchise. These are exciting times for MLS expansion in Los Angeles.”

The first home match takes place Sunday, April 29th versus the Seattle Sounders. (Photo by LAFC)

Never one to shy away from guarantees, Magic provided the golden touch.

“Just like we were able to turn the Lakers into a championship team, we are going to do the same thing with this great soccer team. We will be champions one day,” Johnson proclaimed.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Everything You Need To Know About the Legal Attempts To Kill the ACC

Four lawsuits involving the conference, Clemson, and FSU could determine the future.

A Bare-Knuckle Fighter Won His Pro Debut. The Far Right Scored a Marketing Win

With Proud Boys sponsoring him, experts say extremist groups will use his success to elevate their ideologies and recruit new believers.

Chicago’s Sports Media About to Experience a Major Shake-Up

Three Chicago pro teams’ media rights could shift to Stadium as soon as this fall.
NYC-Mayor-Adams-speaks-at-NYCFC-trophy-presentation

MLS Finally Gets Its Own Piece of the Big Apple

New York will finally gain a soccer-specific stadium with plans approved for a facility in Queens.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Why Ian Rapoport Lives for the NFL Draft’s Chaos

0:00
0:00

Featured Today

Women’s Basketball Finally Has a TV Deal to Match the Excitement. Now What?

A lucrative new media-rights contract could rectify problems of the past, but the future of March Madness media rights is anyone’s guess.
Mar 16, 2024; Washington, D.C., USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) cuts the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC Conference Championship at Capital One Arena.
April 6, 2024

How Two College Seniors Helped DJ Burns Cash In on a Final Four Run

Two college seniors are facilitating deals for NC State’s big man.
Mar 31, 2024; Portland, OR, USA; NCAA officials measure the three point line while coaches from the Texas Longhorns and NC State Wolfpack watch with referees in the finals of the Portland Regional of the NCAA Tournament at the Moda Center center.
April 1, 2024

NCAA Has No One to Blame for Latest Women’s March Madness Transgressions

NCAA is still making avoidable mistakes three years after a complete overhaul.
Nov 16, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; General view of the championship banners at Assembly Hall prior to the game between Austin Peay and Indiana.
March 31, 2024

How to Make It in Basketball: Become a Manager at Indiana

Inside the Hoosiers’ unglamorous, profoundly rewarding incubator for basketball’s biggest names.

Careers

Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Live Nation
Multiple - USA Careers
Adidas
Multiple - USA Careers
FanDuel
Multiple - USA Careers

Top Sports Business Jobs This Week (April 2024)

Each week, our staff combs through the thousands of job listings from…
August 10, 2022

PGA Tour Touts Projected Earnings to Keep Players

The PGA Tour is asking its players to consider their potential futures.
October 3, 2022

Real Madrid President Renews Call for Super League

Real Madrid’s president believes that soccer is losing ground.
Sponsored

Rapid Returns: How Technology Is Getting You Back to Your Seat

How Oracle’s POS technology is helping fans get back to their seats faster.
August 10, 2022

Bayern Munich to Make Growth Push in U.S. Market

Bayern Munich is looking to expand its reach in the U.S.
Nintendo-logo
August 3, 2022

Nintendo Profits Underwhelm, Switch Sales Decline

Nintendo failed to meet expectations in the company’s latest earnings report.
manfred_at_microphone
August 19, 2021

MLB Owners Propose $100M Salary Floor

Major League Baseball owners have proposed a $100 million payroll minimum for MLB’s 30 teams and a lower luxury tax threshold.
nfl_logo
July 23, 2021

NFL to Players: Get Vaccinated or Pay the Price

The NFL’s threatening to drop the financial hammer on un-vaccinated players and teams that cause forfeited games in 2021, according to memo.