Some say that it’s the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles since 1962, which is obviously aimed at derby rivals LA Galaxy, whose stadium is in Carson, technically outside the city. It took only 20 months to deliver the ground, also considered to be one of the most central sports venues in Los Angeles.
Erected in the distinguished Exposition Park, the stadium sits just meters away from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, becoming instantly sanctified by the history of this unique Olympic site, home to the 1932, 1984 and 2028 Olympics, during the latter of which Banc of California Stadium will also be a host venue.
Though built for an immense sum from a European or indeed global perspective, the stadium isn’t particularly imposing, which is exactly as planned. Built in a symbolic site of Los Angeles, replacing the Memorial Sports Arena, it had to fit in terms of scale. The field of play was thus sunken 6.7 meters into the ground, which also facilitates crowd circulation as fans enter lower ring of the stands from street level.
Tenant: Los Angeles FC (MLS)