One of the biggest announcements was made in 2015: after the City of Angels lacked a football team for two decades, that would finally change with Los Angeles becoming home to the Rams again, joined by the Chargers in 2016. A new stadium could mean a better and bigger home to play in. SoFi Stadium began construction in Hollywood Park located in Inglewood, Calif.
Here is a list of some of the upcoming sporting events we will see in our hometown.
SoFi stadium is being built to host two NFL teams at the start of the 2020 season. Both the Chargers and the Rams will host home football games there. It has been said that Superbowl 56 will be hosted at SoFI in two years. SoFi’s stadium did see a mishap on Feb. 28 where a crane fell in a parking area. “Obviously, this is a tremendous work site, so there is still work continuing on other safe locations of the facility,” Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sean Ferguson said in a statement. “However, in the immediate vicinity of this incident, we’re just working to create a safe working environment for the cleanup process.”
The PAC 12 (Pacific 12 Conference) collegiate athletic conference will play a new bowl game here called the L.A. Bowl. This will begin in the 2020 season. In 2023, the stadium will host the College Football National Championship game.
With many events happening this decade, Los Angeles will be one of the cities to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The only issue that the stadium has stumbled upon is that the organizing committee is leaving unbuilt stadiums out of the bid. The Rosebowl located in Pasadena, Calif. was chosen over SoFi Stadium, but in the summer of 2020 the committee will evaluate the stadium once it opens, and most likely some games will be played at SoFi.
Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics. SoFi stadium will host both opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium will split events with the famous Los Angeles Coliseum. Archery and Soccer will be hosted during the Olympic games.
WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) announced that they will host WrestleMania 37 at SoFi. Last time WrestleMania was hosted in Los Angeles was 15 years ago at Staples Center.
In 2019, Taylor Swift announced that she will present two shows in the Summer of 2020, on July 25 and 26. This will be the inaugural event happening at SoFi.
Also happening this summer, country recording artist Kenny Chesney will perform in August. Last month, in February, Guns N’ Roses announced that they too will play at SoFi stadium in August. Other rock bands, like Los Angeles natives Mötley Crüe and English rock band Def Leppard, are set to perform in September as well.
With all the new venues being created in Inglewood, the locals feel like their city is being taken over. New apartments are being built and public parks are also in the process of being built. The neighborhood has struggled economically and with their reputation in past years and is now becoming the center of attraction.
Like any other place that starts attracting people, property plays a big factor and increases in value. Properties are becoming expensive and many of the natives in Inglewood cannot afford them, as the city gentrifies.