May 6, 2016
LAFC can move ahead on Sports Arena site
The Los Angeles City council has unanimously approved the Final Environmental Impact Report and other environmental and entitlement agreements for the Los Angeles Football Club, allowing the team to move forward with its planned soccer stadium on the site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena, next to the LA Coliseum.
"L.A. is the center of the sports world -- and the LA Football Club is set to become the crown jewel of Los Angeles' rich soccer heritage," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I applaud the City Council for approving this world-class stadium that will create thousands of good paying, local jobs and bring soccer fans the world over into the heart of our City."
The new stadium, which has a targeted opening of 2018, is expected to coast $250 million, and will be developed privately by the LAFC ownership group. In addition to the 22,000 soccer stadium for the MLS expansion club, the project, designed by LA-based architectural firm Gensler, will also include over 100,000 sq. ft. of new restaurants, office space, a conference center and a world soccer museum. T
Over the past 18 months the Club, City, State, Coliseum Commission, the California Science Center Board and USC worked together to meet a series of benchmarks. These benchmarks included thorough environmental, entitlement and infrastructure reviews, support by the City Council, the State, LA City Planning Commissioners, Exposition Park Commissioners, Coliseum Commissioners and an agreement with USC, which is responsible for managing the Sports Arena site.
These approvals by the City Council provide LAFC formal consent to take possession of the site and proceed with the groundbreaking of the project. Demolition of the Sports Arena is expected this summer.