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CA's $5B SoFi Stadium Makes Debut

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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SoFi Stadium, the new home of the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, in Inglewood, California, is now open. The $5 billion stadium is reportedly the most expensive of its kind in the world.

Stadium Project

The 3.1 million-square-foot stadium is part of the Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, which was once the Hollywood Park Racetrack situated on 298 acres of land, four miles from the Los Angeles International Airport.

The area will also feature a 6,000-seat performance venue; 780,000 square feet of office space; 890,000 square feet of retail space; 300 hotel rooms; 2,500 residences; 25 acres of public parks, open space, as well as pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths; and areas for family and fine dining.

Construction of the 70,240-seat stadium began in late 2016, but a year later, the schedule was pushed back an entire year because record rainfall saturated the ground during the excavation phase.

The stadium site was filled with as much as 10-12 feet of standing water soon after work started on the initially $2.6 billion endeavor. Crews had to shut down the project for two months to drain the site, which at 3 million square feet is the largest in the NFL.

Construction on the HKS Architects-designed stadium resumed in March 2017, with around-the-clock crews working every day but Sunday.

“The continuing rains really knocked us for a loop,” Bob Aylesworth, principal in charge for the Turner/AECOM Hunt joint venture that is building the stadium, told the Los Angeles Times in May 2017. “It was a very unforgiving two months for the project. And speaking from a building perspective, it really couldn’t have come at a worse time.”

The stadium topped out in July 2018, and was marked by a celebration of 2,000 workers, politicians, businesspeople and team executives. At that time, work was 40% complete.

The Completion

A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony was held earlier this month and this past Sunday, when the Rams hosted the Dallas Cowboys. For the entirety of this season, though, the stadium won’t see spectators in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inside the structure, the stadium boasts a unique video board—dubbed the Oculus—which is 70,000 square feet and 120 yards long and hangs from the roof and weighs more than 2 million pounds.

The roof itself is transparent and made of 16 massive panels, which do have the ability to open.

The floor of the stadium was also built 100 feet below the surface—twice as deep as any other stadium in the world—as a precaution mandated by FAA regulations, as the stadium sits directly underneath a major flight path from Los Angeles International Airport.

SoFi Stadium is the second NFL stadium to premiere this season, behind the Las Vegas Raiders’ $1.7 billion Allegiant Stadium.




Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Completed projects; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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