SoFi Stadium: A New Home for the Rams and Chargers

SoFi Stadium is the new home for the LA Rams and Chargers and the host for many other events

Inside look of the new SoFi Stadium

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Inside look of the new SoFi Stadium

The Los Angeles Chargers played their last game in the LA Colosseum on December 22nd, 2019 A week later, the Los Angeles Rams beat the Arizona Cardinals in their last game in the Colosseum. Fifteen minutes away, the new SoFi Stadium was being built. 

SoFi is a personal finance company that was founded in 2011 in San Francisco, California, the CEO being Anthony Noto (SoFi Management Team). 

The breaking ground of the location of SoFi Stadium was in 2016, and the finishing was in 2020. The capacity of the stadium is 70,000, but it can expand up to 100,240 for bigger events. SoFi Stadium has about 260 luxury seats and 13,000 premium seats. The estimated cost of the stadium was about five billion dollars, although the original cost was only supposed to be 2.5 billion. Before it was built, the most expensive sports venue was MetLife Stadium, which was 1.7 billion dollars according to Oishimaya Sen Nag on April 16, 2019, in World Facts. SoFi Stadium is also the first indoor and outdoor stadium (Digital Tech News).

The Chargers’ owner Dean Spanos moved the Chargers to Los Angeles in 2017 to join the Rams and to contribute to building SoFi Stadium. In 2016, the Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke moved his team from Saint Louis to Los Angeles. When moving to Los Angeles Rams player Robert Quinn said, “Thank you, St. Louis, for all the great memories created and thank you fans for all the support!”        

A worker for SoFi Stadium contracted  COVID-19 in March 2020. Since August 14th, the total numbers of COVID cases at SoFi stadium were 77. Fans that want to be at Rams or Chargers games can purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves. At SoFi Stadium, the cost for a cardboard cutout is $70 for season ticket holders and $80 for anybody else that wants to have a cutout of themselves. According to the Rams website, “each cutout benefits the Los Angeles Rams Foundation.”

The Rams won their first game in SoFi Stadium, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 (ESPN Box Score). The Chargers lost their first game in SoFi stadium to the Kansas City Chiefs’ 23-20 (ESPN Box Score). SoFi stadium will host WrestleMania this year, next year’s Super Bowl, the college football national championship in 2023, the 2026 Fifa world cup,  and the opening and closing ceremonies for Soccer and Archery in the 2028 Summer Olympics.

On October 30th, SoFi stadium opened as an early voting center. The voting center lasted for five days. It closed on election day (November 3rd) at 8 p.m. SoFi stadium followed rules for COVID-19. The vote center followed social distancing, nightly cleaning, and regular safety precautions such as masks and gloves (SoFi Stadium Hosts Vote Center).

SoFi stadium has not been built long but has already hosted several events and will have comprehensive plans in the future.