In this April 26, 2018, photo workers prepare the playing field at Banc of California Stadium for its official opening Sunday, April 29, and the upcoming home debut of Los Angeles Football Club. The MLS expansion team built its $350 million new home in about 18 months, using cutting-edge design to create a throwback feel for the new club's fans. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)
During their team’s inaugural home game, LAFC fans will enjoy the unique experience of exploring the brand-new Banc of California stadium. Throughout the past two weeks, the stadium has been opened on a limited basis for a variety of fan and media events. But today will be the first chance for fans to experience all the 22,000 seat stadium has to offer. For those entering Banc of California stadium for a first time, here are some quick tips for navigating the area.
How to get there
More than any other city, this is the ultimate question in Los Angeles. One of the most convenient aspects of this stadium is its accessibility via transit for downtown natives. The stadium is flanked by nine different metro station stops that provide access to nearly every section of Los Angeles. The most convenient stops are Figueroa and MLK or Figueroa and 39th Street, both of which will drop off travelers only steps outside of the stadium entrance.
Fans who are driving to the stadium will want to avoid Figueroa Street, which is typically shut down or limited to one-way on game days at the Coliseum. All event parking for the game is located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
Where to eat
On the 200 Level:
Artisan pizza made on French bread and topped with cheese, pepperoni or veggies.
Hand carved sandwiches and half-chickens doused in a variety of seasonings to satisfy the larger appetites in the crowd.
Hot sandwiches served with locally sourced bread and California cheeses. The top picks on the menu include a beer braised short rib and cheddar pressed sandwich and a triple cream and peppadew marmalade grilled cheese.
Get your Mediterranean fix with shawarma and loaded pita chips.
Braised Beef Loaded Foot-Long
The title says it all — foot-long Hebrew National hot dogs piled with beef, shredded cheese and other classic toppings.
At Local Eats:
This section boasts the best food that Los Angeles has to offer, providing a rotating menu of local favorites.
Beer Belly Los Angeles
This famous Los Angeles destination will serve up its famous burgers, Duck Fat fries and loaded grilled cheese sandwiches.
The best Texas-style barbecue in the city will be served at Banc of California, with options including sandwiches and platters.
Any DTLA native knows that Chica’s is the place to get some of the best tacos in town. LAFC fans can choose from a variety of street tacos.
Seoul Sausage Company
This famous staple of Los Angeles will serve up Korean street food classics. Don’t miss out on the Kalbi Pork Sausage or the restaurant’s take on Animal Fries.
Where to sit
While the first game is already sold out from top to bottom, fans should look forward to future games to plan out the perfect seating options. Here’s a breakdown of how to snag the best seat in the house:
The Supporters Section
These seats boast the biggest bang for your buck. These tickets secure a spot in the largest safe-standing section on the West Coast. The Supporters Section makes up the entire northern side of the stadium — called the “North End” — which is designed to create the most formidable home field advantage in the league. Seats here are first-come, first-serve, so it’s possible to be front row for only $20. And with the section’s 34-degree rake, even seats in the nosebleeds will feel like they’re in the middle of the action.
If you don’t feel like standing for the full game, grab an event seat for only a little bit more. These tickets are priced to remain affordable to fans while offering a variety of options on all sides of the field. For under $100, you could be sitting behind the home bench at the next game.
Price: $225+ per seat
For anyone looking to watch the game in style, the Sunset North Club, Figueroa Club and Founders Club each provide a box experience for a limited number of fans each game.
Boxes vary in size and accommodations, but every premium ticket includes access the Founder’s Level and Field Level Club, exclusive areas that include extensive bars and catering options, along with field access where fans can watch the game with their feet on the grass. It’s the most expensive option the field has to offer, but it’s an unparalleled way to experience an LAFC game.
Where to celebrate
After the final whistle of the first game in the team’s new home, it’s going to be hard for fans to head back without blowing off a little steam first. Banc of California stadium is located in a prime section of downtown Los Angeles, but it’s also directly south of the University of Southern California, meaning that it’s surrounded by college bars.
The best bet for LAFC fans is Bandito’s, an official sponsor and watch party destination for the club, which is located just down the street on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The bar is already holding a watch party for fans who couldn’t get a seat in the stadium, and after the game ends, it is expected to be flooded with black and gold, win or lose.