When the new Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park is completed in 2020 it will easily be the most expensive professional sports complex in America, if not the entire world.
Estimated to cost more than $5 billion, the LA Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park will become the home of both the Los Angeles Rams, as well as the
San Diego Los Angeles Chargers who will rent the facility out when they play their “home” games.
To put the cost into perspective, the second most expensive sports stadium in the United States will be the new Las Vegas stadium being built for the Raiders, also due to open in 2020, that will cost… $1.8 billion.
And to put the size of the complex in perspective, it will be a 298-acre complex of office buildings, shops, restaurants, residential units, hotels and parks, which is 3-1/2 times the size of Disneyland and twice as big as Vatican City, according to the Mercury News. It will also include a 250,000 square-foot West Coast headquarters for NFL Media and the NFL Network.
Hard to believe that in such a short time, Jerry World, aka the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, at a cost of $1.3 billion suddenly seems like no big deal. Especially when you factor in the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium in New York and the $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The new Los Angeles stadium, which will be able to hold 100,000 spectators, already has plans to host the 2022 Super Bowl, the 2023 college football championship, the 2028 Olympics’ Opening and Closing ceremonies, and hopes to host 2026 World Cup matches.
The stadium is reportedly around 60 percent complete and new video of the constrution progress has hit the internet.
The stadium is so big that in order to comply with Federal Aviation Administration height limits the stadium had to be sunken 100 feet down into the ground, meaning the sixth tier of the seating (there are eight total) will be at ground level.
“If you were going to try to bring football back to the Los Angeles area after being gone 20 years, you couldn’t just count on there being a lot of fans who wanted NFL football. They could watch on TV on Sunday, play fantasy football or go to local bars,” said Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff. “It had to be a game-changer in terms not only of the NFL fan experience but, truly, the Los Angeles lifestyle experience.”
He’s certainly right about that, visiting this stadium will most definitely be an “experience.”