Los Angeles City Council in the US has approved Anschutz Entertainment’s plans to construct Farmers Field, a $1.5bn football stadium in the city.
The plans include construction of a 1.7 million ft² stadium and a $350m renovation of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Farmers Field will be built by demolishing the existing West Hall of the LA Convention Center.
The stadium will have an initial capacity of 72,000 spectators, which will be expanded to 76,500 seats in the future for special events.
Farmers Field will also feature 218 suites, including private, bunker and event suites, as well as 32,000 parking spaces.
ICON Venue Group is serving as the project manager while architecture firm Gensler is providing the design for the stadium.
As per the terms of the deal with the city, Anschutz should sign an agreement with the National Football League (NFL) to break ground on the stadium.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was quoted by Bloomberg saying that as part of the agreement, Anschutz will pay for infrastructure improvements, including a public space in Gilbert Lindsay Plaza, upgraded roads and public transit.
Anschutz is expected to have an NFL team on the field by 2017 season and has pledged $35m to reduce traffic problems.
The council’s approval is anticipated to create competition between Anschutz and Majestic Realty, which has won approval to construct a NFL stadium in the City of Industry, outside Los Angeles.
Image: The plans include construction of a 1.7-million ft² stadium and a $350m renovation of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Photo: Farmers Field.