The SoFi stadium in Los Angeles, which is planned to host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as football and archery competitions in the 2028 Olympic games, hosted the first athletes after construction work was completed.
The Los Angeles Rams American football teams were the first to take to the turf of the 100,000-seat arena and held a game training session under its arches.
The main “feature” of the sports complex, the cost of which is estimated at about 3 billion dollars, was a truly giant scoreboard “Oculus” (eye – lat.), which has all the chances to get into the Guinness Book of records. It was the multimedia screen that most impressed the players and team representatives.
“This is something incredible,” NBC quoted Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay as saying, ” I loved watching the first reaction of the players after they got on the field. Now they can imagine themselves playing in this beautiful arena every Sunday.
The semi-official opening ceremony of SoFi stadium is scheduled to take place on September 13 as part of the American football match between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys. Most likely, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will be held without an audience.
Until 2028, the City of Champions complex will be built around the stadium, including a concert hall with 6,000 seats, a hotel with 300 rooms, 2,500 apartments, as well as office and retail space. Its total area will be almost 120 hectares. It is here that archers will compete for medals during the 2028 Olympic games.
In February 2022, it will host the 56th National football League super bowl final, and in January 2023, it will host the National collegiate athletic Association’s American football playoff games. It is possible that the 2026 FIFA world Cup will also look at “SoFi”.
Initially, the organizing Committee of the 2028 Games planned to hold the opening and closing ceremonies at different arenas: the SoFi stadium and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – the only sports complex in the world where the Olympic games were held twice: in 1932 and 1984. It will also be used in 2028, but it is not yet known in what capacity.