LA’s $350M soccer stadium is now open

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The much-awaited soccer stadium in Exposition Park opens today near USC.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the first time the stadium gates have opened to the public. Today is also the first time that the stadium’s home team—the Major League Soccer franchise the Los Angeles Football Club—trained in the space. The team will play its first game in the stadium later this month.

In addition to a soccer field, the $350 million venue holds shops, a dazzling array of food options, and conference space.

The 22,000-seat, Gensler-designed stadium has been under construction since 2016. The site was previously occupied by the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

The stadium isn’t the only major project in Exposition park right now. The planned George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art broke ground in March. That $1 billion museum will bring a spacey new building and 12 acres of open space to a spot now occupied by parking lots.

Exposition Park’s flurry of construction fits in with a recently revealed master plan for the area that would prepare it to be a centerpiece of the city’s 2028 Olympics festivities.

April 29.

A post shared by Banc of California Stadium (@bancofcaliforniastadium) on Mar 15, 2018 at 9:42am PDT

#LIVE: “We are Los Angeles. This is the kind of town where you can come with your idea and get it done” – LA Mayor says at Banc of California Stadium unveiling https://t.co/TxMSbTKVFrpic.twitter.com/ppo193ncLx

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) April 18, 2018

LAFC new stadium

A post shared by Jaime Torres (@gsp798) on Apr 17, 2018 at 10:29am PDT

@lafc x @seoulsausage Coming soon 2018…✊️

A post shared by Seoul Sausage Company (@seoulsausage) on Apr 12, 2018 at 1:39pm PDT

Coming along nicely.

A post shared by Banc of California Stadium (@bancofcaliforniastadium) on Feb 28, 2018 at 11:16am PST

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