|Dignity Health Sports Park|
|Broke ground||February 26, 2002|
|Opened||June 1, 2003|
|Owner||Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)|
|Surface||Bandera Bermuda Grass|
|Construction cost||$150 million; soccer stadium-only costs within the complex were around $87 million|
|Structural engineer||John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.|
|Services engineer||AG Engineering Group, Inc.|
|General Contractor||PCL Construction Services, Inc.|
|Former names|| Home Depot Center|
|Tenants|| LA Galaxy (MLS) (2003–present)|
Chivas USA (MLS) (2005–2014)
Los Angeles Riptide (MLL) (2006–2008)
Los Angeles Sol (WPS) (2009)
LA Galaxy II (USL) (2015–present)
Los Angeles Chargers (NFL) (2017–present)
|Capacity|| 27,000 (Current)|
Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly the Home Depot Center and StubHub Center, is a multiple-use sports complex located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. It is approximately 14 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles and its primary tenants are the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
Opened in 2003, its title sponsor since 2013 is online ticket marketplace StubHub. The $150 million complex was developed and is operated by the Anschutz Entertainment Group; with a seating capacity of 27,000, it is the second-largest soccer-specific stadium in MLS, after Toronto FC's BMO Field. During its first decade, the stadium's sponsor was hardware retailer The Home Depot.
The StubHub Center is the temporary home of the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League beginning in 2017 – making it the smallest NFL stadium – until the completion of the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in 2020, which they will then share with the Los Angeles Rams.
History and facilities Edit
The 27,000-seat main stadium was the second American sports arena designed specifically for soccer in the MLS era. When the venue opened in June 2003 as the new home of LA Galaxy, a number of special events took place in celebration. Pelé was in attendance at the opening match along with many dignitaries from the soccer world and other celebrities.
In addition to the soccer stadium, StubHub Center features the 2,450-seat VELO Sports Center (velodrome), an 8,000-seat tennis stadium. and an outdoor track and field facility that has 2,000 permanent seats and is expandable to 20,000. Soccer stadium building costs within the $150 million complex were around $87 million.
2017 renovations Edit
In 2017, to accommodate the Chargers' use of the stadium, upgrades were made at cost to the Chargers including bleachers in the second deck on the east side of the stadium being replaced by tip-up seats and moved to the berm on the north side, adding 1,000 seats. A new section of upper-level bleachers, which seat 330, were erected in the southeast corner of the stadium. Also, the luxury suites were renovated with new seats, furniture, community tables, and engineered hardwood floors and the press box underwent an upgrade with a third row added to the main box, boosting capacity from about 35 to 53. Floors were constructed on the roof of the luxury suites so an auxiliary press box could be built on both sides of the main box.
Two new radio booths were built outside the south side of the press box, and a large new booth on the north side which serves as a security command post for police and NFL officials was constructed. Two booths were added on each side of the press box for the NFL-mandated 20-yard-line television cameras, and a stairway allowing access to the roof of the main box was built to accommodate the 50-yard-line camera. To accommodate 53-man NFL rosters, four small locker rooms were converted to two larger ones with 60 cubicles in each. Also added were small postgame news conference rooms for each team and rooms for game officials and the chain gang.
Aside from being home to the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer, it was also home to two defunct clubs, the MLS team Chivas USA as well as Los Angeles Sol of the Women's Professional Soccer. The stadium hosted the 2003 MLS All-Star Game and the MLS Cup in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
StubHub Center was also the site of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup final. Both the United States women's and men's national soccer teams often use the facility for training camps and select home matches.
It also hosted the 2004 NCAA Men's College Cup, with Duke, Indiana, Maryland, and UC Santa Barbara qualifying.
The track and field stadium on the site is also home to the LA Galaxy II of the United Soccer League, farm club to the parent Galaxy.
On July 30, 2016, it hosted a 2016 International Champions Cup match between Paris Saint-Germain and Leicester City. Paris Saint-Germain won the match 4–0 to complete a perfect record in the ICC.
Other sports Edit
The stadium hosted the first three editions (2004–06) of the USA Sevens, an annual international rugby sevens competition that is part of the IRB Sevens World Series. The stadium has also hosted all United States national team matches for the Pacific Nations Cup since 2013.
It was also the location for the State Championship Bowl Games for high school football teams in the state of California from 2006 to 2014. The Semper Fidelis All America game was held there on January 5, 2014, featuring an East vs West high school matchup. The first college football game was held at the stadium on January 21, 2012, as the AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, with the National Team beating the American Team 20–14.
The track played host to the 2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. It is also the home of the Adidas Running Club, a member of the USA Elite Running Circuit, and the Adidas Track Classic. StubHub Center is also home to Athletes' Performance which trains athletes in a variety of sports.
The Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse played their home games at the track and field stadium. The soccer and tennis stadiums of the Center have also served as the main venues for ESPN's Summer X Games.
From 2010 to 2016, it hosted the Reebok CrossFit Games. Initially only utilizing the tennis stadium, over the years it also expanded to the running field and the soccer stadium.
The facility has also hosted several high-profile professional boxing matches, including Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham, Brandon Ríos vs. Urbano Antillón, Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook and matches featuring other notable fighters. The venue has become iconic among boxing fans for its electric atmosphere.
On August 16, 2013, Resurrection Fighting Alliance held an MMA event RFA 9: Curran vs. Munhoz with the main event crowning a new Bantamweight Champion.
2028 Summer Olympics Edit
During the 2028 Summer Olympics, the venue will host rugby, tennis, modern pentathlon, and field hockey.
The Vans Warped Tour is held annually in the stadium parking lot. It also served as the host facility for the first two seasons of Spike TV's Pros vs Joes reality sports contests. In 2007 it received the bands Héroes del Silencio, in their Tour 2007, and Soda Stereo in their Me Verás Volver tour 2007.
The facility is often used by film and television productions, along with advertising to provide a 'stadium background'.
StubHub Center is located south of the Avalon Boulevard exit on California State Route 91.
In 2017, the LA Galaxy launched a shuttle bus service with two routes connecting StubHub Center with the Harbor Gateway Transit Center and Del Amo station, operated by Long Beach Transit.
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