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LAFC Kicks off Inaugural Season at Banc of California Stadium

May 04, 2018
Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Thornton Tomasetti
Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Thornton Tomasetti
Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Thornton Tomasetti
Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Thornton Tomasetti
Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Thornton Tomasetti
Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Thornton Tomasetti

It was a true win-win scenario for the newly formed Los Angeles Football Club. The Major League Soccer team debuted its new state-of-the-art stadium to a sold-out crowd of roaring fans last weekend and defeated the visiting team, the Seattle Sounders, 1-0. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural and façade engineering services to Gensler architects for the team’s new home, Banc of California Stadium, which opened ahead of schedule after approximately 18 months of construction.

Located in Exposition Park near downtown L.A., the new facility was constructed on the site of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, and is the first open-air stadium built in the city since the 1962 completion of Dodger Stadium. Designed to International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) standards, the 22,000-seat venue is intended to be a year-round destination that will host concerts and other events. Sections of the stadium that will stay open outside of game days include a team store, rooftop events spaces and restaurants run by distinguished L.A. chefs. Premium areas include club and luxury seats and club lounges.

The stadium’s superstructure is composed of exposed concrete and steel, which is topped by a cantilevering canopy roof constructed of architecturally exposed steel clad with 190,000 square feet of ETFE panels. The cantilever trusses vary in length and geometry as part of the architectural design. At the west, south and north stands, the trusses are standard top-and-bottom chords with cantilever spans ranging from 45 to 70 feet. The east stand has the longest spans, with tri-chord trusses cantilevering approximately 100 feet. Diagonal stadia rakers and three-pronged, 50-foot-tall sloping buttresses support the cantilever backspan at the east stand.

An array of advanced computational modeling techniques employed by the design team facilitated the development of the canopy roof, the façade’s fluid geometry and the complex ETFE panel system. Thornton Tomasetti rationalized and designed the supporting structural framing using custom parametric modeling tools and utilized the firm’s own proprietary Konstru software to translate the complex geometries to and from structural analysis programs. This approach streamlined design coordination and helped achieve the curved and undulating shapes Gensler desired.

Designed for LEED Silver, the stadium’s sustainable features include five percent of parking spaces with electric vehicle charging stations, 20 percent of the infrastructure electric-vehicle (EV) ready, 440 spaces for bicycles, a bike path leading to the stadium and easy access to public transportation.

Designed for LEED Silver, the stadium’s sustainable features include five percent of parking spaces with electric vehicle charging stations, 20 percent of the infrastructure electric-vehicle (EV) ready, 440 spaces for bicycles, a bike path leading to the stadium and easy access to public transportation.

Thornton Tomasetti’s L.A. staff will get a chance to support the home team this Memorial Day weekend. An office event is in the works to watch the LAFC face off against D.C. United from the stadium’s Sunset Suite terrace deck.

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First Game at Banc of California Stadium