A new Los Angeles FC stadium was approved by the Los Angeles City Council for the Sports Arena site, clearing the way for a 2018 opening.
The approval technically came after the City Council approved an environmental impact study, opening the pathway for construction of the 22,000-capacity stadium.
“LAFC’s promise is to unite the world’s city through the world’s game. Today, through the collaborative vision and efforts of the City Council and the people of Los Angeles, we continue to work towards that promise. Everyone has invested a tremendous amount of time, hard work, thought and energy and we are now one step closer to making our shared vision a reality,” said Henry Nguyen, LAFC Managing Partner and Owner.
“We want to thank the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson, Councilmember Curren Price and the entire City Council in addition to the Coliseum Commissioners, the State of California, the California Science Center Board and our proud partner USC for their leadership and vision to help see this project through in record time,” said Tom Penn, LAFC President and Owner.
The project, designed by LA-based architectural firm Gensler, will also include over 100,000 square feet of new restaurants, office space, a conference center and a world football (soccer) museum.
LAFC’s 27-member ownership group includes businessman and Club Managing Partner Henry Nguyen, international soccer club owners Vincent Tan and Ruben Gnanalingam, U.S. World Cup superstar Mia Hamm Garciaparra, NBA and Los Angeles legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra, sports and entertainment mogul Peter Guber, and Club President Tom Penn.