By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Just blocks away from the Great Western Forum, the new SoFi Stadium, will redefine the Inglewood neighborhood along with the imagination of what new stadiums can be. Nestled on the Hollywood Park on 298-acres, this will boast a world-class sports and entertainment facilities. As the centerpiece of the development, Sofi Stadium is being built by Los Angeles Rams Owner/ Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke.
Sofi Stadium will host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022, the 2023 National College Football National Championship along with the 2028 Olympics Games Opening and Closing ceremonies along with multiple concerts and events. Beginning with Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney and Guns N’ Roses. Followed by Tim McGraw, Motley Crue and Def Leppard’s tour coming up in September. Additionally, they will host the new LA Bowl to wrap up the inaugural season in operation.
Over 80,000 cubic yards of structural steel has been poured on this site to date. By the time the stadium is complete nearly 100,000 tons of steel and cable will have been installed. Uniquely, over 7 million cubic yards of dirt were excavated from the stadiums’ bowl and redistributed among the project to support the 20 acres of parks. Therefore, the stadiums’ event-level sits 100 feet below grade.
The future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers boasts a seating capacity of 70,000, expandable to 100,000. The open-air SoFi stadium is the only indoor-outdoor stadium to be constructed in such fashion. This venue will also feature 260 luxury suites, over 13,000 premium seats in addition to 3.1 million square feet of useable space.
This Hollywood Park development is a privately funded development that is twice the size of the Vatican City as well as 3- and one-half times the size of Disneyland Park. Adjacent, yet under the same canopy will be American Airlines 2.5 open-air plaza next to a 6,000-seat performance venue. This new state of the art campus will also feature 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space initially. Upon completion, a hotel and 2,500 residences will also be added to the project.
Over 3200 construction workers have worked on the site daily in addition to many Inglewood residents given priority job placement. more than 12 million man-hours have been completed since the date construction began to bring the impressive rendition to reality. Visit www.sofistdium.com to learn more about the project or to find seating options for the Rams or Chargers or follow SoFi Stadium on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to preview the new stadium before the actual completion of the project. Click on the link below to take the walk with me and hear SoFi Managing Director Jason Gannon elaborate on the renowned Oculus and the other amenities of the new stadium.
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