There’s plenty of ruckus going on in Exposition Park, as construction crews demolish the 57-year-old Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena to make way for the Los Angeles Football Club’s new, 22,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium. We know the green, open-air facility—located near the corner of Figueroa and MLK Jr. Blvd., south of the Rose Garden—will likely bear a Banc of California-affiliated name when it opens in 2018. But will it be a nightmare to get there, and will there be a place to grill burgers and brats?
The answers to those questions are “not really” and “indeed.” First off, the soccer stadium will be easily accessible on the Expo Line, a short walk from the Expo Park/USC station. Cycling to soccer games will be highly encouraged—the stadium will be connected by bike path to the MyFigueroa project, which will soon carve protected bike lanes and bus shelters on Figueroa Street, from DTLA to USC. There will also be parking for a whopping 440 bikes.
Intent on driving and throwing an awesome rager in the parking lot? The 110 and 10 are nearby, thankfully. And fear not, there will be lots of surface parking along MLK, and plenty of electric vehicle charging stations for eco-cars. Did we not mention the 140,000 square feet of improved open space surrounding the arena? Goal!