Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Banc of California Stadium



Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural and façade engineering services for a 22,000-seat, MLS stadium designed for the Los Angeles Football Club. The new development is the former site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and aims to support and enhance the revitalization of Exposition Park.

Designed to meet International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) standards, the stadium provides an intimate atmosphere with an emphasis on an exciting game-day experience. The facility also supports additional activities such as concerts and community events, and contains special event expandability to 35,000-40,000 seats where the pitch is utilized, not additional stands. Premium areas include club seats, luxury suites and club lounges. The project includes a number of uses that will be active during non-game times such as a team store, restaurants, retail, a museum and conference center.

The substructure consists of a deep single-story basement at field level. As well as the field, other amenities provided include suites, locker rooms and the stadium’s loading dock. The project contains unique features such as an exposed structure, long-span cantilevers and a roof clad with 190,000 square feet of ETFE film. An additional challenge for the project team is designing within a high seismic region.

The project is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

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