सोफाई स्टेडियम: इस बहार विस्तार, रिट्रैक्टेबल कॉर्नर सीट्स स्थापित, सॉकर के लिए क्षेत्र विस्तार।

सोफाई स्टेडियम: इस बहार विस्तार, रिट्रैक्टेबल कॉर्नर सीट्स स्थापित, सॉकर के लिए क्षेत्र विस्तार।

SoFi Stadium to Install Retractable Corner Seats This Spring, Increasing Field Size for Soccer

SoFi Stadium will begin work Monday on renovations to increase the size of its playing field area in preparation for hosting eight matches during the 2026 World Cup

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  • 05, Feb, 2024
Jivika Chawla
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SoFi Stadium to Install Retractable Corner Seats This Spring, Increasing Field Size for Soccer

SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles is set to undergo renovations to expand its playing field area in preparation for hosting eight matches during the 2026 World Cup. The construction, starting on Monday, involves replacing concrete in the corners of the lower bowl with retractable bleacher risers specifically designed for soccer matches. Los Angeles Rams COO Kevin Demoff explained that this modification addresses concerns from various soccer entities about the width of the soccer fields that can fit inside the stadium, which was primarily designed for the narrower field of American football.

The changes aim to create a more adaptable system, allowing the stadium to maintain its seating capacity, format, and layout while incorporating retractable seating in some rows in the corners. SoFi Stadium, despite not securing the World Cup final, will play a significant role in the tournament. It will host the U.S. men’s national team's opener and two group play matches, along with five preliminary-round games, two round-of-32 knockout matches, and a quarterfinal on July 10, 2026.

The construction is expected to be completed by May, in time for Copa America matches in June and a potential Arsenal exhibition match later in the summer. The renovations, funded by stadium owner Stan Kroenke, will remain in place for future soccer competitions. Additionally, SoFi Stadium will feature a temporary grass field for the World Cup, replacing its usual artificial turf. The decision to exclude SoFi Stadium from hosting the World Cup final was not disclosed by FIFA, but concerns about the pitch's narrowness had been frequently mentioned as a factor.

Demoff dismissed these concerns as overblown, emphasizing that the renovations demonstrate a commitment to accommodating soccer events. The negative publicity surrounding the stadium's size and supposed unwillingness to make necessary changes was criticized by Demoff, who highlighted the historic significance of hosting the U.S. team's opening match and emphasized the pride in continuing the soccer culture in Los Angeles.

सोफाई स्टेडियम: इस बहार विस्तार, रिट्रैक्टेबल कॉर्नर सीट्स स्थापित, सॉकर के लिए क्षेत्र विस्तार।

Jivika Chawla

Jivika Chawla

  • @JivikaChawla