LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Mia Hamm Garciaparra, one of the greatest American woman athletes
of all time, urged the California Science Center and Exposition Park
Commission to approve plans for the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC)
to build a new state-of-the-art soccer-specific stadium in South Los
Angeles at the site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Exposition Park.
Hamm Garciaparra, who is one of the owners of LAFC, Major League
Soccer’s newest team, said, “I represented the United States in four
World Cups and three Olympics and understand what this sport means to
people, this city and globally. The potential of what the team can bring
to LA and what LA can bring to soccer as a sport here in America is
exponential. This site, with its history of sports, is the perfect
location to bring the world’s game to the world’s city. It’s truly in
the center of this city, part of the LA sports corridor, is among some
of the best institutions and museums, and in a beautiful Park.”
The California Science Center and Exposition Park Commission approved
the item unanimously today. The proposed stadium approvals are next
slated to go before the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission in
December 2015 and then go before the Los Angeles City Council for the
final stage of approvals.
This new home for the team would be the first open air stadium in LA
since 1962. The project is expected to bring $250 million in private
investments to South Los Angeles. Total economic impact over 30 years is
projected to be nearly $3 billion and the stadium and soccer club will
create 3,000 full time jobs. Many of those jobs will be created in one
of the most disadvantaged parts of Los Angeles. There are also plans for
job training, youth and educational outreach and a Los Angeles Football
Club Foundation that will be active in the community.
In addition to Hamm Garciaparra, other owners of the soccer
club include NBA legend Earvin Magic Johnson; businessman and Club
Managing Partner Henry Nguyen; entertainment and sports mogul Peter
Guber; businessman Chad Hurley; Club President Tom Penn; MLB All-Star
Nomar Garciaparra; and best-selling author and entrepreneur Tony Robbins.
For more info, visit LAFC.com.
for the Los Angeles Football Club
Blair Bartlett, 619-708-8983