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StubHub Center
Victoria Street
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LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo- Western Conference Finals panorama.jpg
Former names The Home Depot Center (2003–2013)
Location 18400 Avalon Boulevard
Carson, CA 90746
Coordinates 33°51′52″N 118°15′40″W / 33.86444°N 118.26111°W / 33.86444; -118.26111Coordinates: 33°51′52″N 118°15′40″W / 33.86444°N 118.26111°W / 33.86444; -118.26111
Owner AEG
Operator AEG
Capacity

30,510[1]

27,000 MLS reduced capacity[2]
Field size 120 yd. long x 75 yd. wide (109.7 m x 68.6 m)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground February 26, 2002[3]
Opened June 1, 2003[8]
Construction cost

$150 million
($192 million in 2014 dollars[4]);

soccer stadium-only costs within the complex were around $87 million
($112 million in 2014 dollars[4])
Architect Rossetti Architects
Structural engineer John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.[5]
Services engineer AG Engineering Group, Inc.[6]
General contractor PCL Construction Services, Inc.[7]
Tenants
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) (2003–present)
Adidas Running Club (2003–present)
Chivas USA (MLS) (2005–present)
Los Angeles Riptide (MLL) (2006–2008)
USA Sevens (IRB) (2004–2006)
Los Angeles Sol (WPS) (2009)
The First 4 college lacrosse invitational (2005)
CIF high school football sectional championships (2005–present)
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (2012–present)

The StubHub Center (formerly the Home Depot Center) is a multiple-use sports complex located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. It is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of Downtown Los Angeles. Its title sponsor is online ticket marketplace StubHub, replacing hardware retailer The Home Depot. The $150 million complex was developed and is operated by the Anschutz Entertainment Group. With a set capacity of 27,000, it is the largest soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer (MLS).

History and facilities[edit]

For a decade from its opening the complex was called the Home Depot Center. It was renamed StubHub Center on June 1, 2013.[9]

The 27,000 seat main stadium was designed specifically for soccer. The StubHub Center was the second stadium designed specifically for soccer in the MLS era. When the venue opened in June 2003 as the new home of the 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 celebrities.

In addition to the soccer stadium, StubHub Center features a 2,450-seat 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.[10] Soccer stadium building costs within the $150 million complex were around $87 million.[11]

Soccer[edit]

The StubHub Center is home to both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA of Major League Soccer (MLS). It was also home to the defunct Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer. It hosted the 2003 MLS All-Star Game and the MLS Cup in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2012.[12]

The stadium was 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.

Other sports[edit]

The stadium hosted the first three editions (2004–06) of the USA Sevens, an annual international rugby 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.

A fireworks display at The StubHub Center.

It also is the location for the State Championship Bowl Games for high school football in the state of California. 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.[13]

The track played host to the 2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

The Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse played their home games at the track and field stadium.[citation needed] The soccer and tennis stadiums of the Center have also served as the main venues for ESPN's Summer X Games.[citation needed]

Since 2010 it has hosted the Reebok Crossfit Games. Initially only utilizing the Tennis stadium, over the years it has expanded to the running field and in 2013 the Soccer stadium.[citation needed]

The facility has also served as the venue for high-profile professional boxing, including Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham, Brandon Ríos vs. Urbano Antillón and matches featuring fighters such as Marcos Maidana, Erislandy Lara, Israel Vasquez, Rafael Marquez, Robert Guerrero, Devon Alexander, Nonito Donaire, Josesito Lopez, Antonio Margarito, Alfredo Angulo, Paul Williams, Vic Darchinyan, Abner Mares, Jesus Soto Karass, and Sakio Bika.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


Entertainment[edit]

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 received the bands Héroes del Silencio, in their Tour 2007, and Soda Stereo in their Me Verás Volver tour 2007.

Panoramic view of the then-Home Depot Center during the MLS Cup 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://int.soccerway.com/national/united-states/mls/2013/regular-season/r20085/venues/?ICID=PL_3N_06
  2. ^ "StubHub Center". LA Galaxy. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Crew home opener: 24 days and coming – OurSports Central – Independent and Minor League Sports News". OurSports Central. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "JAMA // Home Depot Center". Johnmartin.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Project list from both AG Engineering Group, Inc". Agengineeringgroup.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Construction Services |PCL". Services.pcl.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ Bell, Jack (August 9, 2005). "Life Was a Beach for Chivas Striker". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Home Depot Center to be renamed StubHub Center in June". mlssoccer.com. March 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "The StubHub Center: Soccer Stadium". Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.portlandonline.com/omf/index.cfm?a=227940&c=49495
  12. ^ "StubHub Center selected as MLS Cup 2011 host". MLS Soccer. May 9, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Astroturf-NFLPA-Collegiate-Bowl-Announced / News". NFLPlayers.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Rose Bowl
Home of the
Los Angeles Galaxy

2003–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of
Chivas USA

2005–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Aloha Stadium
Host of the
Pan-Pacific Championship

2009–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Gillette Stadium
RFK Stadium
BMO Field
Host of the MLS Cup
2003 & 2004
2008
2011 & 2012
Succeeded by
Pizza Hut Park
Qwest Field
Sporting Park
Preceded by
Rose Bowl
Pasadena
FIFA Women's World Cup
Final Venue

2003
Succeeded by
Hongkou Stadium
Shanghai
Preceded by
Nickerson Field
Host of
Major League Lacrosse championship weekend

2006
Succeeded by
PAETEC Park
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of
USA Sevens

2004–2006
Succeeded by
Petco Park
Preceded by
Columbus Crew Stadium
Host of the College Cup
2004
Succeeded by
SAS Soccer Park