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On April 29, Banc of California Stadium will make its debut when LAFC plays host to the Seattle Sounders.  Last month, LAFC granted us a tour of the $350-million venue at 3939 S. Figueroa Street.

The 22,000-seat stadium, which replaced the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, is billed as Los Angeles' first open-air venue since Dodger Stadium was completed in 1962.  Other stadiums - such as StubHub center - are located in other jurisdictions.

Gensler designed the stadium, which is described as creating "an intimate European-style character," that establishes a closer relationship between players and fans.  This is perhaps best exemplified by Banc of California Stadium's Field Club, which will see players line up for pre-game introductions in an area accessible to fans.

Studio MLA served as the project's landscape architecture firm.

The facility will feature several other spaces for entertainment and dining, including a food hall and an upper-level deck known as the Sunset Club.

Northwest entrance to the stadium.
Courtyard and food hall.
View from the northwest entrance.
Lower level seats on the west side of the stadium.
View from the northwest entrance.
Looking east across the pitch.
The Field Club.
View from the Sunset Club.
View from the Sunset Club.
View from the Sunset Club.
View looking northeast.
Downtown skyline view.
View looking north.
View looking northweest across the pitch.
View looking southwest.
View looking west from the upper level.

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