SoFi Stadium Gives LA Something to Cheer About

SOFI STADIUM

If you’re from North Hollywood and you want to go to a football game, concert, or any other major event then cruise on down the 405 for about an hour and you will be greeted by one of the most dazzling, state-of-the-art stadiums anywhere in the world.

That’s right, SoFi Stadium is an architectural marvel constructed on the former site of Hollywood Park racetrack, and one that is seamlessly intertwined with its surrounding landscape. It’s been just a little over a year since the stadium opened its doors and the reviews are rave.

The Rams Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Demoff, is partial to Level 8 because of its unique view and highest vantage point. “When you’re standing there, you look down at the Oculus (video board) in front of you and this unbelievable football field 100 feet below. And then you spin around and you see the ocean and the South Bay, Palos Verdes and the Port, and this unbelievable Southern California landscape. And then you walk around to the north end, and you see the Hollywood sign, Santa Monica, Malibu, and the San Gabriel mountains.”

For decades Los Angeles was without a football franchise after the Rams left for St. Louis in 1995 but football is back in stereo as the Chargers have arrived via San Diego and the Rams came home five years ago. But in 2020, both teams finally had an NFL-caliber stadium to call home and what a home it is. From its canopy top to the 120-yard, two-sided. 2.2-million-pound wrap-around monitor that renders ultra-crisp video to as many as 70,000 screaming fans.

But to call it a football stadium would be doing it a disservice. Of course, it has all the requisite luxury suites, food stands, and sports merch stores for those who want it. You can also see the fans in the stands with their sports betting apps for the best online sportsbooks like Heritage Sports looking to make a wager or two.

But the architecture is stunning and when the entire complex is complete it will be 300 acres and 1.2 million square feet of retail space with a 6000-seat performance center adjacent to a green space public pavilion. The NFL Network has its headquarters and studio production located here as well, and over the next four years construction will be in full swing until ultimately it will be called Hollywood Park with SoFi Stadium located within.

“It’s all about how the stadium is part of the landscape and the landscape is part of the stadium,” said Studio-MLA founder Mia Lehrer.

“We were trying to create an expression of Southern California,” said Lance Evans, principal with HKS Architects. “Something that would resonate with this climate and with this place.”

Super Bowl Preview: The Rams vs. Chargers?

Not even 10 years ago, even the thought of the Chargers and Rams playing under one, big, beautiful retractable roof in Los Angeles would have been laughable. But who’s laughing now? Especially when we consider that both teams are faring very well, thus far, in the 2021 season. It is not unreasonable to ponder the Chargers as the Beast of the East ready to collide with the Best in the West Rams for a Super Bowl showdown. And what makes this even more mind-blowing is that the site for this season’s Super Bowl, scheduled for February 13, 2022, is– where else – SoFi Stadium!

And it is not out of the realm of possibility when one considers that both teams have some of the biggest arms in the business pulling the trigger in Matthew Stafford for the Rams while young gun, Justin Herbert, is unloading early and often for the Chargers.

But these teams are not only talented at the quarterback position but boast stars on both sides of the ball. The Rams have two of the best catching the ball in Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods while their defense has a bevy of heavy-hitters including pass rusher extraordinaire, Aaron Donald, and ball-hawk Jalen Ramsay.

But the Chargers are no slouches either, currently at the top of the pack in the AFC West. Justin Herbert is joined by twin targets Keenan Allen and Mike Williams with Austin Ekeler running the rock. Defensively, there are few better than Joey Bosa wreaking havoc and chaos in the trenches for the Bolts.

There is still a long way to go until the Super Bowl but these teams could ultimately emerge as the best in their respective conferences. If that does happen, it would be the greatest gift Sofi Stadium and LA Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, could ask for. His vision would be on display for the entire world to see and even if his team failed to win the biggest game on the NFL’s grandest stage, at least a paying tenant would be taking home the hardware.

Some might call it a long shot that both will wind up playing each other this February. But then again longshots happen, like the Rams and Chargers calling LA home and playing at the most glamorous stadium in the world, and we might just see another one at Super Bowl LVI.

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