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L.A. City Council Gives Go Ahead For New MLS Stadium

LOS ANGELES, CA (CelebrityAccess) – The City Council of Los Angeles has unanimously voted to approve the final planning and environmental impact reports, paving the way for the construction of a new Major League Soccer stadium in the city.

These approvals by the City Council provide LAFC formal consent to take possession of the site, which currently serves as a home for the Los Angeles Sports Arena, and proceed with the groundbreaking of the project. Demolition of the Sports Arena is expected this summer. The new facility is expected to be ready for the Club’s inaugural season in 2018.

The new facility, which is being developed with $250 million in private investment, will be anchored by a new 22,000-seat soccer-specific venue which will be the home field for the Los Angeles Football Club.

The project, designed by LA-based architectural firm Gensler, will also include over 100,000 sq. ft. of new restaurants, office space, a conference center and a world football (soccer) museum.

“LAFC’s promise is to unite the world’s city through the world’s game. Today, through the collaborative vision and efforts of the City Council and the people of Los Angeles, we continue to work towards that promise. Everyone has invested a tremendous amount of time, hard work, thought and energy and we are now one step closer to making our shared vision a reality,” said Henry Nguyen, LAFC Managing Partner and Owner. – Staff Writers