The SoFi Stadium is the new home of the Rams and Chargers on a site previously home to Hollywood Park in Inglewood. It was bought by Rams owner Stan Kroenke, and was built for a reported $5.5 billion. The personal finance company SoFi acquired the naming rights for over $30 million per year. It is scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022, the College Football National Championship Playoff in January 2023, and part of the 2028 Summer Olympics.
The stadium seats 70,000, and can expand by 30,000 more for larger events. A translucent roof is a separate column-supported structure over the stadium, the pedestrian plaza, and the attached performance venue. There is an oval double-sided 1000-ton video board with 80 million pixels over the field (pictured above showing the LA City skyline, without the smog). The roof can project images visible from airplanes flying into LAX.
Our Club attendees were given a tour through the various venues, bars, luxury suites, and the playing field where there were opportunities to throw a football through a target, kick a field goal, and run a 50-yard dash (although none of our members was observed participating in these activities).
Afterwards, we migrated to the Lido Di Manhattan Restaurant in Manhattan Beach for outgoing President Chase Thacker’s last hurrah. He brought his whole family, as did incoming President Steve Johnson, not to be outdone. The food and wine and socializing were superb, and we are now charged up for a great new Rotary Year under President Steve.