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Getting An Inside Look At LASED, SoFi Stadium

SoFi stadium is being built 110 feet into the ground to not interfere with flights from nearby LAX
Photo: TONY FLOREZ
SoFi stadium is being built 110 feet into the ground to not interfere with flights from nearby LAX
Photo: TONY FLOREZ
SoFi stadium is being built 110 feet into the ground to not interfere with flights from nearby LAX
Photo: TONY FLOREZ

The '19 AXS Sports Facilities & Franchises conference concluded on Thursday with a tour of the L.A. Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park (LASED), including the under-construction SoFi Stadium. Before getting to the construction site, attendees first stopped for lunch at the L.A. Stadium Premiere Center, which gives fans a look at what SoFi Stadium and the LASED plan to offer. Conference attendees were taken through a room-size model of the venue and surrounding development, which will include space for NFL Network studios, retail development, living spaces and more.

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING: LASED CTO Skarpi Hedinsson told attendees, "Technology is going to play such a big part in how these buildings are constructed.” One key piece of tech inside SoFi Stadium is the venue’s 2.4-million-pound center-hung video board, dubbed the "Oculus." “We’re focused on what is the right way to program that, what are the things we need in our presentation package. Not just the board itself, but what are the capabilities and content that will go on it." Another area Hedinsson hit on was 5G connectivity. “The carriers, it’s important to them, and we’re working with them on the best possible deployment,” he said.

STADIUM NOTES: After leaving the Premiere Center, attendees headed over to the Inglewood construction site for a guided bus tours of the grounds. Venues Solutions Group Managing Partner Russ Simons is among those helping oversee the LASED project and provided some interesting tidbits on the project:

• The stadium is built 110 feet into the ground -- the deepest ever -- to comply with the FAA, as flight patterns for LAX are nearby. Simons said that was also done so the scale of the stadium “would not overpower the residences and the retail and everything about the lifestyle that’s being added."
• Some 6.3 million cubic yards of soil were excavated from the stadium bowl, all of which will be replaced throughout the LASED site.
• The Renaissance is a gated housing community that backs up to the construction site and LASED built an acoustical wall that measures over 20 feet in order to cut down on construction noise. Workers also put over 1 million gallons of water on the project every day to keep dirt and dust down.