Los Angeles Football Club breaks ground on new stadium

WCN Editorial Team 25 Aug 2016 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) has broken ground on its new stadium in Los Angeles.

The new facility, to be located on the Los Angeles Sports Arena former site, will be known as Banc of California Stadium, following a naming-rights deal with the bank.

The 22,000-seat stadium — designed by architectural firm Gensler — will be a soccer-specific venue, but will also host community and cultural events.

LAFC’s lead managing owner Larry Berg said: “After years of planning and hard work we are set to make history here in the heart of the city. Banc of California Stadium will allow for greater sports viewing and live entertainment experiences to take place in Los Angeles than ever before.”

Expected to be complete in 2018, the stadium is projected to bring over $350M in private investment to South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said: “Los Angeles is the sports and entertainment capital of the world, and today we open a new chapter in our rich history with the world’s most popular game.

“The construction of this new stadium in Exposition Park will create thousands of good-paying jobs — and when their new home is built, our team will bring soccer fans from everywhere into the heart of our city.”

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