LAFC announces stadium plans in South LA

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Los Angeles FC publicly unveiled plans today for a privately-funded soccer-specific stadium in South Los Angeles, next to the LA Memorial Coliseum.

The stadium, which won’t be completed until 2018 at the earliest, will have a capacity of 22,000, and is expected to be one of the most expensive venues created for Major League Soccer. The capacity is a byproduct of the lease the University of Southern California has for the land, which limits the number of events that can be held for more than 25,000 people.

The stadium site is currently occupied by the Los Angeles Sports Arena, which will have to be demolished before construction can begin. The Sports Arena hosted the Los Angeles Clippers and USC basketball teams in the past, but now sits vacant.

The location is about 12 miles north of the Stubhub Center, where the LA Galaxy play, and is much closer to public transit and downtown Los Angeles. The two venues are closer than Yankee Stadium and Red Bull Arena.

With LAFC’s start pushed back to 2018, the unanswered question is whether Minnesota United will join MLS in 2017 in their stead. This has been noted as a possibility by Don Garber, but a 2017 start would likely require MNUFC to play in a temporary venue until their stadium is complete.


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