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Banc of California Stadium in Expo Park Moving Toward Completion

Soccer Stadium in Exposition Park Preparing for LAFC's First Game April 29
February 23, 2018
Rendering courtesy of VisionScape Imagery
Rendering courtesy of VisionScape Imagery
The process of putting down grass on the field began this week at the new 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park, the home of the Los Angeles Football Club, part of a flowering of development activity in L.A.'s Exposition Park.

Koreatown-based Beer Belly is the first restaurant under contract at the stadium under construction at 3939 South Figueroa St., according to Seth Burton, vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Football Club. Others will soon follow, with offshoots of local eateries planned for inside the stadium.

"It’s a key component for us to have local L.A. vendors," Burton said.

A food hall similar to Grand Central Market which will include local and national food outpost is also in the planning stages, Burton said.

A restaurant on the exterior of the stadium will be open five days a week for visitors to Exposition Park regardless of whether there is a game scheduled, according to Burton.
There will also be a LAFC team store.

The stadium designed by Gensler is scheduled to be completed weeks before the Los Angeles Football Club’s first game on April 29, according to Octavia Goredema, Southwest regional public relations director.

Also coming to Exposition Park is a new $300 million mixed-use project planned by Irvine-based Ventus Group. Known as "The Fig," the project will be built on 4.4 acres at 3900 Figueroa and will consist of about 408 residential units for student housing, with 82 set aside for affordable housing.

There will also be more than 74,000 square feet of commercial space, including creative office space, retail and outdoor restaurants.

Scott Gale, president of Ventus Group, said the firm is eyeing companies, including Marriott International, Hilton Hotels and Starwood Hotels, for a 298-room dual-branded hotel as well.

Ventus Group hopes to have its entitlements by the end of the year, with construction to begin by the middle of 2019, according to Gale.

Mark Tarczynski, executive vice president at Colliers International, said the project should benefit from strong housing demand and good proximity to USC Village and Exposition Park museums.

Such projects will help boost the already booming area, according to Jessica Lall, president and CEO of the Central City Association.

"These types of projects further activate the Figueroa Corridor and enhance downtown’s vibrancy by increasing the city’s housing supply for our growing residential population, adding retail and creative office space and bringing jobs to local residents," said Jessica Lall, president and CEO of the Central City Association. "It builds on the improvements already underway in the area that create a strong downtown community, including the MyFigueroa Streetscape project, Exposition Park Master Plan, Banc of California Stadium, Natural History Museum and the Lucas Museum."

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, a $1 billion project, will consist of 290,000 square feet of interior space and 11 acres of green space and is being designed by Beijing’s Ma Yansong, founder of MAD Architects. Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co. was chosen at the end of last year as the general contractor after an extensive search, according to Paul Hernandez, spokesperson for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

"Hathaway will be bringing on a number of subcontractors to support construction of the museum," Hernandez said via email.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, at 900 Exposition Blvd., is about to undergo a major renovation that should be completed around the same time. It will be the first major renovation at the museum since its 2013 centennial, according to Kelsey Ziff, social media manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The project, designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners, will include a new theater and a glass entry hall.

USC is also in the midst of a $270 million renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It will include new seats, large screens and a new "Scholarship Club Tower" with suites, a press box, loge boxes and club seats, according to its website. The stadium will also play host to the 2028 Summer Olympic Games and is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

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