Last month, Angels on Parade was one of several local media covering Los Angeles Football Club that was invited on an exclusive tour of the MLS expansion team’s new venue, Banc of California Stadium.
The project is currently under construction, with the team set to open it for competitive action on April 29. Check out the tour video we produced based on the tour, and here are a few tidbits we learned along the way:
- Where will the big LAFC crest showpiece be in the home team’s locker room? It’s going to be on the ceiling, not the floor or wall like at many other stadia.
- The team plans to hold some warm-up events at Banc of California Stadium prior to the April 29 game against the Seattle Sounders. While the nature of said events (game, practice session, concert, open house, something else), as well as the number that will be held ahead of time is not yet public knowledge, expect some opportunities to check out the space when it’s finished, but before the first official game.
- The press boxes will be in and near a corner of the stadium, something that is somewhat unusual for purpose-built soccer-specific stadiums. But the flipside is that people in that section will get the “peekaboo” view of Los Angeles’ downtown skyline in the opposite corner.
- Like many newer MLS venues, there will be a “premium access” section of LAFC’s stadium for fans next to the tunnel where the players will walk in and out of on gamedays. What appears to be a new twist is that in that same area will be the press conference room, with plans to pipe out the postgame press audio into the wider space for fans to hear the coach’s initial reactions.
- Grass will be laid soon! You’ll see the “center line” at the end of the video, but as of our visit the field of play was still dirt.
All in all, the progress on the stadium is really impressive. I’m not a construction expert, but it looks like things are right on track and you can actually see how the space is coming together. Opening day can’t come soon enough!
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