After almost four years of waiting, the largest NFL stadium is finally open and ready for some football.
I had the pleasure to tour the beautiful stadium with my dad this past month and It was an experience I will never forget.
The moment I stepped foot into the parking lot of SoFi stadium I felt like I was on cloud nine.
The beauty of the stadium is truly breathtaking. From the intricate architecture to the stunning views to the unbelievable suites, SoFi stadium is one of the best stadiums I have ever stepped foot in.
A little Background on SoFi!
SoFi stadium, located in Inglewood, California, is home to two NFL teams: The Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Before SoFi, the Rams were playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(home of the USC Trojans) while the Chargers were playing at Dignity Health Sports Park(home of the LA Galaxy).
Stan Kroenke, the owner of the LA Rams, and the magnificent SoFi stadium had envisioned the stadium to resemble the beauty of Southern California. According to bloomberg.com, ‘’The stadium is the vision of Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who wanted an arena that celebrated Southern California and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle its residents enjoy.’’ (Christopher Palmeri)
With Southern California surrounded by majestic beaches and rugged canyons, SoFi stadium has a piece of California in its foundation.
So, How Much Did SoFi Cost?
With SoFi stadium taking about four years to build due to some delays, the cost of the stadium will leave you speechless.
The new NFL stadium costs 5 BILLION DOLLARS. Yes, you heard me right. 5 BILLION DOLLARS.
100 Feet Below!
As I mentioned earlier, SoFi is located in Inglewood, CA, only a couple of miles away from the infamous Los Angeles International Airport(LAX). With close proximity to LAX, the stadium is built 100 feet below ground to avoid the busy LAX flight paths.
The Video Board Cost How Much?
This past 2020 season fans got a little glimpse inside SoFi stadium. One thing that might have stood out to many of you was probably the massive video board that sits right on top of the field. Well, that video board weighs TWO MILLION POUNDS. The video board ”stretches 120 yards, weighs 2.2 million pounds, contains 70,000 square feet of digital LED and houses 268 speakers…” (Alden Gonzalez). With having a double-sided video board, it sure makes watching replays a whole lot easier.
So, How Much Does SoFi Seat?
With seating 70,000 fans, SoFi stadium has the maximum capacity to seat 100,000 people. You heard me right. SoFi can house 100,000 fans at once. With 100,000 fans all in one place, the stadium is sure to be rocking on game days.
SoFi stadium is unique in many different ways. One way this beautiful stadium is different from most is the roof. For example, according to therams.com, the roof of the stadium is made from ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene). One interesting thing about the roof at SoFi stadium is that It is the first stadium to air a live game on the roof. The roof serves as a big screen for games and logos. So, when you’re flying overhead, be sure to take a look down and catch a glimpse of Matthew Stafford throwing a touchdown pass.
Get your calendars ready because SoFi stadium is set to host multiple big events in the next decade. Starting in 2022, SoFi is hosting the 56th Super Bowl game, in 2023 the College Football National Championship Game, and one of my favorite events the 2028 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. These are just a few major events that SoFi stadium is set to host in the next few years.
In short, touring SoFi stadium was such a magical experience that I will never forget. If you ever have a chance, touring SoFi stadium should be on your bucket list. You will surely be in awe of how beautiful the stadium is.
The next time you are flying into or out of LAX be sure to open the window shade and take a look down below because SoFi stadium will be shinning with its bright roof.
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