The Los Angeles Rams officially opened the National Football League’s newest facility, the $5 billion SoFi Stadium which features a 120-yard ovular video board hung from the ceiling, at a non-public ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, also will serve as home of the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Rams, which played in Cleveland from 1936 to 1945, played in Los Angeles for the next 49 years before leaving for St. Louis in 1995. The team returned to Los Angeles in 2016 and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Chargers began in Los Angeles in 1960, moved to San Diego until 2017, when it returned and played in Dignity Health Sports Park, the home of the LA Galaxy Major League Soccer team.
Besides the video board, SoFi Stadium, named for a personal finance company Social Finance, boasts numerous amenities the public will have to wait to see. It has a regular capacity of 70,000 permanent seats, expandable to 100,000, with 260 luxury suites and 13,000 “premium” seats.
The stadium, which sits on 298 acres – three-and-a-half times larger than Disneyland — features a translucent room with clear panels that surround the stadium that can be opened to allow air flow, which Demoff said will be needed to open amid the coronavirus restrictions.