Fans swarm spruce SoFi Stadium for NFL game



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The first National Football League (NFL) game was played at the scintillating SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles (US) on September 12th. It was a regular season kick-off between the Los Angeles Rams and the visiting Chicago Bears and the former downed the latter 34-14.

The ‘Press Enterprise’ stated that thousands of football fans descended on the expansive facility’s premises to celebrate the first Los Angeles Rams game of the 2021-2022 NFL seasons.

The NFL 2021-2022 campaign started on September 9th, 2021 and will end on January 9th, 2022.

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.

Though the SoFi Stadium sits 70,000 spectators, but can expand to 100,000. For the above fixture, the Rams sold 70,455 tickets.

A 70,000-square-foot videoboard – a dual-sided techno-marvel – seems to float over the field.

The SoFi Stadium is a stadium and entertainment complex in Inglewood, California, United States. It is located at the former site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack 3 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport, immediately Southeast of The Forum.

The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Rams compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the National Football Conference West division. The spectacular SoFi Stadium serves as their digs.

The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago (US). The Bears compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference North division.

The above fixture between the Rams and the visiting Chicago Bears marked the second campaign the Los Angeles football team has played in SoFi, a 70,000-seat, technologically marvelous stadium years in the making. Last season, however, was played without fans because COVID-19 had the world in its fatal grip and the United States was thoroughly bruised due to the dreaded virus.

The ‘Press Enterprise’ further stated that ecstatic fans partied at the mere thought of being able to attend a game in such a talked-about facility which is the toast of Los Angeles or rather the whole of US. Or rather, tailgated. Hip hop and mariachi music created a cacophony. The aroma of barbecue filled the parking lot. Smartphones put in overtime and supporters were busy taking selfie moments in the ‘smart’ venue.

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