Los Angeles City Council has approved an application by the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) to build a $250m, 15-acre stadium complex.
The application for the 22,000-seat stadium was approved by all 12 members of the city council. It will now be built on a site near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the University of Southern California. The arena that now occupies the ground is scheduled to be to be demolished in June.
Henry Nguyen, LAFC’s managing partner and owner, said: "Our 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."
The contractor for the project will be PCL Construction, and the design was done by Gensler, which is based in the city.
The stadium will have a semi-transparent canopy, restaurants, retail units, offices and conference space, as well as jumbo video scoreboards and a soccer museum. It should be complete in time for the 2018 season.
Meanwhile, on the east coast, work has begun on DC United’s $300m, 20,000-seat waterfront stadium, which is to replace the team’s RFK ground. It is also scheduled to open in 2018.
The demolition of industrial units at the Buzzard Point site in Washington DC, began in April.
Photograph: The ground will have a semi-transparent roofÂ (photo courtesy of Gensler)
Article edited 24 May to remove an erroneous association of LAFC with LA Galaxy. Thank you for your comments.