Soccer fans scored big with the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC)’s Banc of California Stadium. Home to “L.A.’s team,” the open-air stadium is the first of its kind since the introduction of Dodgers Stadium in 1962.
The world-class facility holds 22,000 seats that are all within 135 feet of the field. The proximity between players and fans provide the greatest game day experience, in true European-style. The stadium also includes five concourse levels, 35 box suites, a terrace balcony and removable foyer seating to expand event capacity. It was completed just in time for the 2018 MLS season kick off.
As one of the U.S.’s most elaborate soccer-specific stadiums in history, it was no surprise that the project experienced a few blocked kicks along the way including the symbolic stadium roof. The structure was crafted from ethylene tetrafluoroethylene which required great attention and experience. As an uncommon building material in the U.S., we worked with several subcontractors to ensure proper installation.
From the start of the project, we were dedicated to achieving a 40% local hire goal to represent the diversity of Los Angeles. We worked closely with 2nd Call, a local organization that assists high-risk individuals, and Flintridge Center, a trade union pre-apprenticeship program, to provide construction career opportunities to residents. Through these connections, we introduced 20 individuals to career opportunities, both immediate and future, and each person resided within five miles of the project site.