INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District is one of the most anticipated projects in Los Angeles history.
The 298-acre mega-development will include a 6,000-seat performing arts venue, about 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space, a 300-room hotel, some 2,500 residences and more than 25 acres of park space for recreational use.
In the midst of it all will be the recently named, 70,000- seat, SoFi stadium, loaded with spectacular features. The soon-to-be new home of the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams is finally taking shape. The shiny, slanting roof of the new stadium is already making a bold statement on the L.A horizon.
HKS Architects is designing the stadium for Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke, which is slated to be completed by 2020.
Being built where the old Hollywood Park Racetrack used to stand, SoFi Stadium will officially open its doors on July 25, 2020, when Taylor Swift is scheduled to hold her “Lover Fest West’’ concert. Swift will be the first female performer to open an NFL stadium.
The stadium and the performance center will be covered over by a sail-shaped roof. The area over the playing field will be made of a substance that’s as clear as glass, yet strong enough to support the weight of a car.
The design is open on the sides, allowing breezes to flow through the structure. The roof won’t be retractable. Instead, 40 huge square panels will open and close like vents.
The price of the stadium was originally pegged at around $2.5 billion, but developers have cited weather delays and an already ramped-up construction schedule with little scheduling flexibility, as factors in the cost overruns.
The latest estimate now stands at more than $5 billion, making it the most expensive NFL stadium by far.