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Nine Architecture Firms Sent Plans for AEG's Downtown Stadium

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On November 3rd, AEG sent requests for proposals for its proposed downtown football stadium to nine architecture firms, reports Sporting News, which has a copy of the document sent out. Additionally, SN talked to AEG's Tim Leiweke. And so we get some more crumbs of information about their plans. What about parking, you ask? According to Sporting News, Leiweke doesn't believe parking will be a problem "because 32,000 spaces sit within a 15-minute walk of the proposed stadium site, which is now occupied by the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center." Additionally, AEG, which reportedly has a partner in Wasserman Media Group CEO Casey Wasserman on this project, has studied the recently built New Meadowlands Stadium and Cowboys Stadium, and was very influenced by the latter project. "Its plan to build 40 field-level suites, preferably along the sidelines, came from Cowboys Stadium’s 48 event-level suites." At the same time, this project would be smaller than the Cowboys Stadium, which is about 3 million square feet (Leiweke is talking about doing a 1.75 million square foot stadium. Helping AEG is the fact that the developer doesn't have to build an entertainment zone, due to the existence of LA Live.) AEG has a total budget of $1 billion for the stadium, and as is the trend, will push the luxury seating element of the project: The stadium would have 160 traditional suites and 18 larger event rental skyboxes with 48 to 90 seats. And according to Sporting News, architects have until Dec. 3 to submit their proposals on the stadium.
· SBJ: AEG's Los Angeles stadium draws on Cowboys [Sporting News]