Nearly four years and $5 Billion after breaking ground, SoFi stadium is set to open in July 2020. The Los Angeles Rams and the Chargers will share the brand-new field in Inglewood, California.
“It’s not just a 70,000-seat stadium — there’s so much more,” said SoFi Stadium Managing Director to FOX Business’ Robert Gray.
Sporting a clear space-age roof with openings on the side for fresh air, the stadium is set to be the first indoor, outdoor NFL venue. Being in Southern California allows for the stadium to be indoor outdoor due to the area’s temperate weather year-round. In addition, the stadium will have an innovative and record-size scoreboard known as the “oculus.”
According to Skarpi Hedinsson, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park’s Chief Technology Officer, the Oculus is the first ever 4k HDR video system in a stadium. It is the only 4k end-to-end video production in all sports. It also has the largest LED content playback system ever deployed. Every face/display can be uniquely programmed with live content, statistics or animated content. The idea of having a dual-sided display is that no matter where a fan sits in the stadium, they will have a video surface in front of them.
“This is a big breakthrough,” Hedinsson said, during a media event held at the stadium on Jan. 22.
According to Hedinsson, the screens have collectively 80 million pixels and behind them sits more than 260 speakers, which will project all the audio for the entire stadium. The Oculus is designed to revamp the live-game experience and to be better than what is seen at home on the T.V.
“We’re trying to create a better guest experience, a better fan experience,” Hedinsson said. “How do we create content? How do we give our guests the best possible show when they come to Hollywood Park? And I think that was the primary driver. But I think having a center home board, it opens up a lot of other possibilities in the building.”
Within the first ten years of opening, the stadium is set to host several major events such as the Super Bowl in 2022 and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2028.
“Bringing the Super Bowl back here — the greatest event that the NFL has back to Los Angeles for the first time in 30 years really cements what an impact this will have on the city,” said L.A. Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff. “It will be the largest sports tourism event since the 1984 Olympics.”
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