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City Council approves plan for new $250M soccer stadium

The Exposition Park stadium will house the newly formed L.A. Football Club

May 09, 2016 08:30AM

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Rendering of L.A. Football Club's new stadium (credit: LAFC)

Rendering of L.A. Football Club’s new stadium (credit: LAFC)

Los Angeles is one step closer to getting a brand new soccer stadium.

City Council voted unanimously Friday to approve a $250 million plan to build a new stadium in Exposition Park. The 22,000-seat stadium is slated for completion by 2018, right before the freshly formed L.A. Football Club begins its first season in Major League Soccer, LAist reported.

The privately-funded development would also feature 140,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space, including restaurants, a soccer museum and a plaza.

The stadium would replace the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, while the new team is replacing Chivas USA, which disbanded in 2014. Chivas used to play at Carson’s StubHub Center, home of L.A.’s other MLS team, L.A. Galaxy.

In the meantime, constuction in underway on what’s slated to be the site of a massive sports arena, the Rams’ stadium in Inglewood. It’s set for completion in 2019. [LAist]Cathaleen Chen