Southern California’s second
Tom Penn, president of the fledgling
But the location appears to be much more than hypothetical. Seventeen months ago, when USC was granted control over the Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena, the school immediately announced its intentions to tear down the arena and construct an MLS stadium in its place.
LAFC, which said it wants to spend upwards of $150 million on a state-of-the-art soccer-specific stadium with a capacity of around 25,000, last month selected Southern California-based architects with Gensler to build that stadium based on their Exposition Park plans. (Drawings for a competing Exposition Park venue by the Venice-based firm Meis are available on the company's website.)
However, Penn cautioned Saturday that no decisions have been finalized.
"We have not selected a site," he wrote in an email. "We are in discussions with several people regarding multiple locations."
The team could not more specific, he said, "in light of our active discussions." But discussions regarding the Sports Arena site are said to be advanced.
The Sports Arena location, close to downtown access by public transportation, has long been a favorite location of MLS Commissioner Don Garber. With Garber’s support.