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A new soccer stadium rises near downtown for LAFC

A new soccer stadium rises near downtown for LAFC
Workers install grass at LAFC's new Banc of California Stadium now under construction. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

LAFC will play the first MLS regular season game in its history Sunday in Seattle, while 1,000 miles away at Exposition Park work continues on its new home.

With a price tag of $350 million, Banc of California Stadium is the most expensive soccer-specific venue in the U.S. Built on the former site of the Sports Arena, between the Coliseum and the 110 Freeway, the 22,000-seat, state-of-the-art facility will be the first open-air sports stadium to open in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962.

The closest seat will be 12 feet from the field; the farthest 135 feet away. The playing surface, 86,000 feet of Bermuda grass, was laid last week.

LAFC is scheduled to open the stadium on April 29 when its hosts the Seattle Sounders.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Buffeted by a cold, gusty wind, a construction worker rappels from the roof framework to secure safety netting and install roof panels.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The 22,000-seat, state-of-the-art facility will be the first open-air sports stadium to open in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Construction on Banc of California Stadium was well underway in November 2017.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

LAFC is scheduled to open the stadium on April 29 when it hosts the Seattle Sounders.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

With a price tag of $350 million, Banc of California Stadium is the most expensive soccer-specific venue in the U.S.

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