Over the weekend, LA's new Major League Soccer team, Los Angeles Football Club, met with future season-ticket holders and "supporters" in Downtown, at the offices of stadium architects Gensler to talk about the design of the team's future home. It was the first of a series of meetings, says MLS Soccer, and was an opportunity for LAFC to show off new, detailed images of the stadium, including a peek at the field of the proposed 22,000-seat, open-air stadium and glimpses of a soccer museum (visible on the right in the rendering above).
Not long after the Carson-based Chivas USA soccer team disbanded last fall, the MLS announced that Los Angeles would be getting both a new team and a new stadium. In May, the LAFC revealed the first designs for their planned $250-million, open-air stadium on the site of the long-neglected LA Memorial Sports Arena in Exposition Park. (It would be a neighbor to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.) The aging Sports Arena, which dates back to 1959, was originally designed by Welton Becket; in 2010, the LA Coliseum Commission seriously looked into replacing it with either a soccer stadium or an outdoor amphitheater and commissioned an environmental impact report for the possible project.
Tweaking the existing environmental report, plus demolition, and construction on the site puts the LAFC's expected debut date in their new stadium in 2018. Until then, these fancy renderings of what's to come with have to do.
New stadium renderings. First-ever look at the LAFC Stadium Plaza which includes a World Football Museum, main entry...Posted by Los Angeles Football Club on Sunday, September 27, 2015
New stadium renderings. First-ever look at the view facing west from the seats on the east side of the stadium. The...Posted by Los Angeles Football Club on Monday, September 28, 2015
Soccer site KickTV shared a third image, which they says shows an "Olympic torch view, World Football Museum & Supporters entrance."
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: @LAFC's newest stadium plans! Olympic torch view, World Football Museum & Supporters entrance pic.twitter.com/vjslC7o2CG— KICKTV (@KICKTV) September 26, 2015
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