While stadium developers in Inglewood and Carson are working to bring NFL football back to the L.A. market, plans for a new Major League Soccer franchise are also underway.
The new Los Angeles Football Club plans to build a $250 million, 22,000-seat open-air stadium on the site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Exposition Park.
Team co-owner Magic Johnson said he was most happy about the 1,200 construction jobs that would come about as a result of the project. Henry Nguyen, head of the Los Angeles Football Club’s ownership group, voiced his support of developing the stadium in South Los Angeles and connecting the venue to the Figueroa corridor that extends to downtown Los Angeles.
Best-selling author and entrepreneur Tony Robbins is also member of the owners’ group.
The Los Angeles Football Club was awarded a franchise last year to replace the disbanded Chivas USA team.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Los Angeles Football Club fans deserve a world-class stadium.
Plans for the stadium still need approval of the Coliseum Commission and the Los Angeles City Council. If approved, the new stadium could be open by 2018.
Chivas USA shared the StubHub Center in Carson with the Los Angeles Galaxy for 10 years.