Even with Los Angeles FC set to arrive in the city, Los Angeles Galaxy and StubHub Center officials are confident in their ability to attract fans.
While the Galaxy and the Carson-based StubHub Center are pillars in the LA soccer scene, there has been considerable hype surrounding LAFC. Backed by a star-studded ownership group, LAFC has broken ground on Banc of California Stadium which, along with an adjacent development, is being constructed on the former site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
The arrival of LAFC is highly anticipated throughout soccer, and certainly in Los Angeles. The Galaxy, however, are confident that the StubHub Center will continue to be a draw. Among the advantages the team cites is a recent round of renovations, which led to $15 million being invested in the stadium for a new videoboard (the rendering of which is above) and other improvements.
That, combined with the gameday experience and other amenities offered by the facility, make the team confident that it will continue to succeed. More from the Daily Breeze:
“We think that, by the time Los Angeles Football Club gets here, people in our community are going to be well aware of the StubHub Center and what a great venue it is,” said Bruce Arena, Galaxy’s head coach and general manager. “We’ll be well-positioned for the competition.”
The sprawling, 125-acre grassy complex — formerly known as the Home Depot Center — also houses a 2,450-seat indoor velodrome for track cycling that could host Olympics competition if Los Angeles wins its bid for the 2024 Games. The 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup will be held at the Velodrome.
An adjacent tennis and boxing stadium seats 8,000 people and has been resurfaced. The complex’s track and field stadium also was enlarged.
The Stadium Club for VIP ticket holders was renovated with new furniture, and a 2,200-square-foot Champions Lounge was added for club seat holders to enjoy an exclusive food and drink menu in plush seating.
At the time it was announced, the videoboard was touted as the largest in the MLS and the league’s first with a convex curvature.