StubHub Center

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StubHub Center
Victoria Street
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Former names The Home Depot Center (2003–2013)
Address 18400 Avalon Boulevard
Location Carson, California
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 Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
Operator AEG
Capacity 27,000 Current capacity for most games[1]
30,000 Future capacity after expansion[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[7]
Construction cost

US$150 million;

soccer stadium-only costs within the complex were around US$87 million
Architect Rossetti Architects
Structural engineer John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.[4]
Services engineer AG Engineering Group, Inc.[5]
General contractor PCL Construction Services, Inc.[6]
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)

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,[8] it is the second-largest soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer. Its primary tenant is the LA Galaxy. The Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League will use the stadium from 2017 until they move into Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park with the Los Angeles Rams, scheduled for the 2019 NFL season.

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][10]

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 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.[11] Soccer stadium building costs within the $150 million complex were around $87 million.[12]

Tenants[edit]

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[13] 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.

MLS Cup[edit]

Date Team Result Team Spectators
November 23, 2003 San Jose Earthquakes 4–2 Chicago Fire 27,000
November 14, 2004 D.C. United 3–2 Kansas City Wizards 25,797
November 23, 2008 Columbus Crew 3–1 New York Red Bulls 27,000
November 20, 2011 Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 Houston Dynamo 30,281
December 1, 2012 Los Angeles Galaxy 3–1 Houston Dynamo 30,510
December 7, 2014 Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 (AET) New England Revolution 27,000

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 was the location for the State Championship Bowl Games for high school football 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.[14]

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]

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.[15]

The facility has also served as the venue for high-profile professional boxing, including Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham, Brandon Ríos vs. Urbano Antillón, Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook and matches featuring other notable fighters.

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]

The Los Angeles Chargers will play at the StubHub Center beginning in the 2017 NFL season, while the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California is being built.[16][17][18]

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 it received the bands Héroes del Silencio, in their Tour 2007,[19] 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'.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "StubHub Center". LA Galaxy. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kirk, Jason (January 12, 2017). "Los Angeles Chargers' 2017 stadium would be the 108th-biggest in college football". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Crew home opener: 24 days and coming – OurSports Central – Independent and Minor League Sports News". OurSports Central. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "JAMA // Home Depot Center". Johnmartin.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Project list from both AG Engineering Group, Inc". Agengineeringgroup.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Construction Services |PCL". Services.pcl.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Bell, Jack (August 9, 2005). "Life Was a Beach for Chivas Striker". The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2005. 
  8. ^ "StubHub Center". worldofstadiums.com. Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "StubHub Begins Transition as New Naming Rights Partner to The Home of the MLS Champion LA Galaxy & Chivas USA". Anschutz Entertainment Group. May 31, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Home Depot Center to be renamed StubHub Center in June". Major League Soccer. March 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The StubHub Center: Soccer Stadium". Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Sign-In Form". portlandonline.com. Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ "StubHub Center selected as MLS Cup 2011 host". MLS Soccer. May 9, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Astroturf-NFLPA-Collegiate-Bowl-Announced / News". NFLPlayers.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Games Tickets in 2015". CrossFit Games. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Chargers to Relocate to Los Angeles". San Diego Chargers. January 12, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  17. ^ "StubHub Center named interim home of Los Angeles Chargers". Anschutz Entertainment Group. January 12, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  18. ^ Schrotenboer, Brent (January 12, 2017). "Chargers plan to play in smallest 'NFL stadium' for next two seasons". USA Today. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Enrique Bunbury". Enrique Bunbury. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Qualcomm Stadium
Home of the Los Angeles Chargers
2017–2018
Succeeded by
City of Champions Stadium (planned)
Preceded by
Rose Bowl
Home of the
Los Angeles Galaxy

2003–present
Incumbent
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first stadium
Home of
Chivas USA

2005–2014
Succeeded by
Team Dissolved
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Aloha Stadium
Host of the
Pan-Pacific Championship

2009–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Gillette Stadium
RFK Stadium
BMO Field
Sporting Park
Host of the MLS Cup
2003 & 2004
2008
2011 & 2012
2014
Succeeded by
Pizza Hut Park
Qwest Field
Sporting Park
Mapfre Stadium
Preceded by
Rose Bowl
Pasadena
FIFA Women's World Cup
Final Venue

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

2006
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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
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SAS Soccer Park