Construction of the long awaited Los Angeles Rams stadium is officially underway.
Shovels literally broke ground last week to in a ceremony to celebrate the stadium's construction and the next steps to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles after 20 years.
The new sports venue will cost 2.6 BILLION DOLLARS, seat 70,000 people and mark the center of a new sports and entertainment district spanning two hundred and ninety-eight acres of land.
The plan? To have the stadium completed by the 2019 football season.
Take Two's Alex Cohen spoke to the principal architect on the project, Mark Williams, to get an inside look at the design of the space.
Here are some interview highlights:
This venue is going to cost roughly 2.6 billion. What can we expect to get for all that?
Williams: It's going to be an incredible, multipurpose venue for all the fans. We've got about 3 million square feet that has great environments. The seating bowl is what a lot of people think of, but we've got outdoor landscape areas, lakes and parks, indoor enclosed areas and a performance venue. So there's a whole host of great amenities and features that fans are gonna love.
What's informed the design of the whole complex?
Williams: The DNA of Southern California. So if you look at climate, how people live, work and play in that environment, we've translated that into the venue. And for the first time, you're gonna see a large indoor/outdoor experiential venue in the NFL. What I mean by that is, we don't have the traditional enclosed building and it doesn't just open up when the weather's nice.
What do you mean by indoor/outdoor design?
Williams: We have three components: the 70,000 seat stadium, a 6,000 seat performance venue and in between there is a plaza area that's an open space. All three of those pieces are covered by the exterior shell which includes a high strength plastic roof component that lets all the natural light come into those three areas. Around the perimeter of the building, it's all open air. So there's no exterior skin, it's all open air. You can walk right into the venue. So the breezes from the ocean flow through. We tune the building so that the climate has been a big factor in how to maximize or minimize the wind speed.