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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The owners of a new Major League Soccer franchise
coming to the Southland announced plans today to build a $250 million open-air
stadium on the site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Exposition
The team, known at this point as the Los Angeles Football Club, also
plans to build a conference center, museum and restaurants as part of the
“What I’m really happy about is that those 1,200 construction jobs, we
can put people to work who live here, and that’s really important,” team co-
owner Magic Johnson said.
Johnson is part of a management group that also includes former women’s
soccer star Mia Hamm and her husband Nomar Garciaparra, a former Major League
The group was awarded a franchise last year to replace the disbanded
Chivas USA soccer club. The new team is expected to begin play in 2018.
Plans for the 22,000-seat stadium still need the approval of the
Coliseum Commission and the City Council, but the project has already received
public support from various officials, including the mayor.
City Councilman Curren Price hailed the planned stadium project.
“The L.A. Football Club is not only going to bring soccer to the city
but it’s going to bring a $250 million investment to our community,” Price
said. “That means jobs. That means people working. That means providing goods
and providing services.”
Chivas USA played for 10 years at StubHub Center in Carson, sharing the
facility with the Los Angeles Galaxy.