SoFi Stadium; opulence worthy of Hollywood in Super Bowl

The Super Bowl will mark a landmark moment in the NFL’s return to Los Angeles. One team will be a home team in a gleaming stadium with Hollywood glamour.

The Rams will be looking to get excited in Inglewood, as much as the Lakers, Kings and Thoroughbreds once did here.

“Football hasn’t been in Los Angeles for a generation,” Rams fan Harrison Bernsen said outside SoFi Stadium on Feb. 13, just before his team beat the San Francisco 49ers to advance to the Super Bowl. Bowl, where he will face the Cincinnati Bengals.

“This is how we receive this back. We will take advantage of the big games, we hosted the NFC final and we will host the Super Bowl. Is our moment. It’s Los Angeles time.”

The $5 billion palace built by Rams owner Stan Kroenke resembles a wave. The objective was to reflect the oceanic region that hosts it and receive the most important matches.

“Back in 2014, when we drew our first lines on paper, it was with the idea that this would host a Super Bowl one day,” said Lance Evans, sporting director of HKS Architects and lead designer for the building.

Evans was sitting by the field, looking out over the stadium.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the NFL, the world stage and fans lucky enough to get in will see this building, experience it and enjoy the spectacle that surrounds it,” he said.

The SoFi, which opened in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 and has only hosted one full-capacity campaign, is immeasurable. It is the stadium with the largest area in the NFL, 3.1 million square feet (29 hectares). It has capacity for more than 70,000 seated spectators, although the capacity could be increased to 100,000.

Considered the first stadium that combines the advantages of a roofed and an open-air building, it has a translucent dome that filters sunlight and keeps fans and athletes cool. Its exposed sides make it possible for the wind to pass from the Pacific Ocean, located a few kilometers away.

“When you’re here, you can feel the wind on your face,” said Rico Iko, a 49ers fan, standing on a high deck of the building. “It’s very Californian, a very Los Angeles stadium.”

The stadium’s proximity to Los Angeles International Airport required that the SoFi not have a very tall structure. The field sits 100 feet (30 meters) below ground level, creating a “canyon,” according to the architects. That design combines with the dome to make the stadium one of the loudest in the league, according to Evans.

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The oval, two-sided screen is the largest ever built. It hangs above the ground, with 80 million pixels, so viewers can see replays, stats and ads in 4K resolution.

“From every seat you feel like you’re close to the action, because of that screen,” Bernsen said.

For the wealthy, including many celebrities planning to attend the Super Bowl, there are 260 luxury suites, beach club-style bungalows behind the end zones, and more than 13,000 “premium” seats, each connected to more spaces. spacious of a clubhouse, where high-income fans can flock.

Throughout the property there are spaces with that club and canteen atmosphere, which provide more options for fans to have fun or enjoy luxury.

After his first visit, a famous fan thought that this was “the best stadium in the world”. It was LeBron James, of the Lakers from this same city.

the eighth Super Bowl in the Los Angeles area, hosting the first at Memorial Coliseum. Other editions were made at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, including the Rams’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980.

The last one was in 1993. The following year, the Rams and Raiders left, and Los Angeles became a city without an NFL.

There have been several attempts to correct this anomaly. Few thought that the absence would be so long.

In 1996, an initiative to move the Seahawks from Seattle to Los Angeles was blocked by the league, which resulted in the arrival of an expansion team in the city in 1999. But that team ended up playing in Houston, like the Texans.

In the following decade, Southern California was more of a bargaining chip for NFL owners when they got their cities to finance new stadiums. Otherwise, they said, they would go to Los Angeles.

In the end, some serious projects emerged.

And now, the absolute reconciliation comes with the Super Bowl, and with the Rams as locals in the metropolis that saw them born before their move to St. Louis.

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