First Soccer Game at Banc of California Stadium to be Played Today

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The first game at Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park will be played Sunday, matching the Los Angeles Football Club and Seattle Sounders FC.

The 22,000-seat stadium on the former site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena will have an intimate atmosphere with the steepest seating bowl in Major League Soccer, 34 degrees, and seats 12 feet away from the sideline.

“When you put people and noise and energy and passion in here, it’s just going to be incredible,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley said.

“The North End” Supporters Section features what the team describes as the first safe standing rail seats in North America, allowing fans to stand shoulder-to-shoulder.

The $350 million project includes a large public plaza, restaurants, LAFC retail store and a conference and events center planned to be in use 365 days a year.

In addition to LAFC games, the stadium will be a site for concerts, beginning June 2 with the pop music festival Wango Tango, and soccer during the 2028 Olympics.

Construction of the stadium took 20 months. It is the first open-air stadium to be built in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium was completed in 1962.

The game is sold out. There is limited availability for the remaining 16 Major League Soccer games this season is limited because the team has sold more than 17,500 season tickets, a team official said.

The best chance for a non-season ticket holder to see a game at the stadium may be the May 22 exhibition game against Borussia Dortmund of Germany’s Bundesliga whose roster includes U.S. men’s national team star Christian Pulisic.

Parking at Expo Park is $35. Additional parking is available at the McCarthy Structure, 620 W. McCarthy Way; the Figueroa Structure, 3522 S. Figueroa St.; and Flower Structure, 3701 S. Flower St.

An enhanced Lyft pick-up and drop-off designated location is located outside the Southeast Entrance in Parking Lot 6.

Banc of California Stadium has bike valet capability for up to 350 bicycles next to the California African American Museum along Figueroa Street. There are 100 permanent bicycle parking spaces in Exposition Park.

Dining options at the stadium include:

— The Crest, which will feature house-made, French bread-style pizzas, with cheese, pepperoni and vegetarian options available;

— LA Rotisserie, where hand-carved porchetta sandwiches and rotisserie half-chickens that will be prepared with several different signature spice rubs and marinades, such as jerk-rubbed, piri-piri and Provencal lemon- thyme;

— The Press, whose menu consists of hot-pressed sandwiches and grilled cheese featuring locally baked breads from OC Baking and cheeses from across California. Highlights include the beer braised short rib and cheddar pressed sandwich, the pressed turkey and basil and a triple cream and peppadew marmalade grilled cheese;

— The Roost, where pita chips loaded with chicken shawarma, feta and tzatziki and cucumber salsa will be available; and

— Braised Beef Loaded Foot-Long which sells Hebrew National foot-long hot dogs loaded up with slow-braised beef, shredded cheddar and classic toppings. Location: 200 Level

Local Eats concessions at Banc of California Stadium will provide menu items from such restaurants as Beer Belly Los Angeles; Bludso’s BBQ; Chica’s Tacos; and Seoul Sausage Company.

Craft cocktails and local craft beers and a vast selection of refreshing beverages will be available.

LAFC was 4-2-0 in its season-opening road trip, the best start among Major League Soccer’s 16 expansion teams, including a season-opening 1-0 victory over Seattle.

LAFC is tied for third in MLS’ 12-team Western Conference with 12 points, one behind Vancouver Whitecaps FC, which has played three more games. Seattle is last in the conference at 1-3-1.

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