With the end of NFL season, Los Angeles is getting ready to say hello to a new kind of football. It’s the sport that the rest of the world calls football, and we, for some reason, call soccer. Yes, the long-awaited opening of the Los Angeles Football Club’s new stadium is finally upon us, with doors set to open on April 29th for a game against the Seattle Sounders. To the joy of soccer fans all over the LA area, the Banc of California Stadium is the most expensive soccer-specific stadium in the United States. With a price tag of $350 million, the stadium is state-of-the-art, while still giving plenty of nods to LA’s rich history.
Banc of California Stadium
Like Dodger Stadium, the new Banc of California Stadium shares the same open-air design, making it the first Los Angeles stadium to follow this design plan since 1962. The 22,000-seat soccer fan’s dream will feature seats a measly 12 feet from the field. Not to worry, the furthest seats are only 135-feet away from the Bermuda grass. Fans are clamoring to buy season tickets to support the team, who already have two wins under their belt.
Any fan knows that food is a critical part of the live sports experience, and the LAFC has kept this in mind. By sourcing LA favorites to fill the stadium booths, the outlook is looking tastier by the minute. Honoring the diversity of LA cultures, the food will reflect a variety of influences. Fans will be able to enjoy Koreatown restaurant Beer Belly’s duck fat fries and burgers field-side. Other LA favorites such as Hollywood’s Bludso’s BBQ and Downtown’s Chicas Tacos will hold booths as well. With these incredible local options, the food alone is enough motivation for us to want to snag a seat!
LAFC versus LA Galaxy
Compared to the StubHub Center in Carson, the LAFC’s home field is staking its claim on LA soccer. And with the potential for the LAFC and the LA Galaxy to have an epic rivalry, we have a feeling that soccer is here to stay.
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