In just two months, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena has been reduced to rubble without much fanfare.  Now, a video posted to the LAFC website will let you watch the demolition process unfold in less than 30 seconds.

The 57-year-old Sports Arena, located at 3939 S. Figueroa Street, is being demolished to make way for LAFC's new home: the 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium.  The soccer-specific venue, designed by Gensler, is scheduled to open in time for the 2018 MLS season.

A live webcam is currently tracking progress on the $350-million project.

Though overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Sports Arena nonetheless served as a backdrop to a number of watershed moments during its nearly six-decade lifespan.  As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the arena hosted the Democratic Convention in 1960, and was a former home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and both the UCLA and USC basketball programs.

The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Demolition of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Image: LAFC)
Banc of California Stadium Rendering (Image: LAFC)

Proposed Weingart Center Towers Take a Step Forward

The Downtown nonprofit hopes to build high-rise affordable housing at 6th and San Pedro.

In early 2017, the Weingart Center for the Homeless filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to construct new affordable housing on two sites at the intersection of 6th and San Pedro Streets in Downtown Los Angeles.  That project has taken a key step forward, with the publication of an environmental report by the Department of City Planning