Rams, Chargers all (charge) d-up to play in SoFi stadium


SoFi Stadium LA update Jan 2020 Image: LA RAMS / Earth Cam / theramswire.usatoday.com

Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL) are all (charge) d-up to play at their permanent home ground – the venue extraordinaire SoFi Stadium – in Inglewood, California, US.

The facility is planned to open in July 2020 and both teams will start playing in August 2020.

According to Los Angeles Rams, almost 85 per cent construction work of the venue is complete.

The players and coaches of Los Angeles Chargers are all agog to move into their new home after spending the past three seasons in Dignity Health Sports Park, a multiple-use sports complex located on the campus of California State University. It is the main stadium to the L.A. Galaxy of the Major League Soccer league.

The elegant arena is worth $5 billion and will fit in more than 70,000 spectators. It will not only serve as the home of Chargers and Rams, but will also include retail and residence spaces.

The world’s most expensive stadium in history and everything in and around it will be fully constructed this summer.

Come August 2020, the Los Angeles Rams will share the spiffy SoFi stadium with Los Angeles Chargers. The Rams’ temporary stay at the upgraded L.A. Memorial Coliseum is over and so are their playoff games. Twelve NFL teams are preparing for their playoff games.

Billionaire Stan Kroenke has picked up the tab for building this stadium and he is the brainchild behind it and the work of the Inglewood project is on course. The Chief Operating Officer of Los Angeles Rams, Kevin Demoff, reassured fans that they will see their heroes in action at the new facility this year.

SoFi Stadium will be a destination that will welcome Rams fans from around the world and is more than 85 per cent complete, with the roof panel and seat installations underway,” Demoff wrote in a letter to supporters.

Demoff further remarked, “(Rams owner) Stan Kroenke’s vision to transform both the fan experience and our region will come to life this fall, reimagining game days for Angelenos and the entire NFL.”

“The Oculus, a first-of-its-kind 70,000 square foot double-sided display board with 4K video, is being assembled within the stadium. Our culinary experience, which will be uniquely Los Angeles and feature food made to order in front of your eyes, is being finalized,” he continued.

“Additionally, we continue to focus on making this the best fan experience in the world with the latest technology, amazing partnerships, operational ease and our diehard fans. Recently, I toured 17 of our Season Ticket Members who make up our Rams Fan Council around the building and it was powerful to see first-hand their reaction to the stadium and invaluable to hear their ideas for what game days at the Rams House should be,” Demoff informed.

Drone footage revealed that work is going on in the stadium’s future giant screen and the translucent dome. Though panoramic giant screens which gives a sweeping view aren’t anything unconventional these days, the one in SoFi Stadium (called the Oculus for marketing reasons) will be distinctive in the sense that it will display images on both sides, inside and out, totaling 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2). The arena will boast 70,000 seats in regular layout (up to 100,000+ for special events).

So far, SoFi Stadium is the most expensive and a kind of magnum opus project ever to be undertaken. The price tag for the stadium itself has come to $3.4 billion out of a $5 billion mixed use development including direct vicinity at Hollywood Park.

SoFi Stadium will mark the successful return of NFL football to Los Angeles, California, and its design is like no other NFL stadium in the US.

Sitting over 298 acres of land, Sofi Stadium is not just a sports stadium. Its other highlights will be an entertainment “district”, a sports “district”, and will also boast a hotel and house lots of retail shopping and restaurant dining space. Both indoor and outdoor sporting events can be held in the venue.

While the stadium will be home to both Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, the Rams are hopeful of filling up the seats upon the start of the 2020 NFL season.

All the attention to details given in building the stadium will prove to be a heavenly and blissful experience for fans. The opulent facility is also scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in 2022 and the College Football national championship game in 2023. The venue is scheduled to open with two Taylor Swift concerts in July 2020.

The venue has already been pencilled in to stage events at the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Digital personal finance company SoFi secured the naming rights to the stadium in a 20-year deal that will reportedly be worth more than $30m (£22.8m/€26.8m) a year.

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