In their sixth straight road game to start their inaugural season the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) had a homecoming of sorts. LAFC treated their season ticket holders to an open house and viewing party at Banc of California Stadium.
Fans and media were treated to a behind the scenes look at LAFC’s brand new home and were able to watch their early morning come-from-behind 5-3 victory. By winning four of their first six games LAFC has positioned themselves to treat the fans to something special when they officially open their home.
Banc of California Stadium, the first privately built stadium in Los Angeles since Staples Center opened in 1999, will be inaugurated on April 29 when they face the Seattle Sounders. Fans that were there for the open house will be ready to pack the stadium on that day.
But before then, there are some first impressions about the stadium.
All the Views…
One thing LAFC got right about the stadium are the views. From the last row to the first row, there isn’t one bad seat in the house. The designers also made sure that the fans would be close to the action. The first rows are just 12 feet from the pitch, it will make opponents feel like the fans are right on top of them.
The best view in the house is probably under the press box behind one of the corner flags, fans will get a direct view of the Los Angeles skyline. Along with the view, LAFC has tried to create an atmosphere unique to soccer throughout the world. The supporters section offers standing seating creating atmosphere for music, team songs, and fan chants. The close atmosphere will create an amazing game day sound.
The main concourse to the stadium that lets fans in and out, and around the pitch offers fans a chance to see the action on the field while walking around. The wide spaces will keep things moving as fans look for food and drinks. It will be interesting to see what it will be like when the stadium is full. At an exclusive event things will look smooth but on game day that atmosphere will be something different.
LAFC has tried to create a gameday experience for the hardcore soccer fan and the more casual fan who wants a night out. With a strong team on the field, games at Banc of California will be a unique experience for any type of fan.
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