The Los Angeles Rams will become only the second team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl on home turfafter the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, February 13th at SoFi Stadium.
The Rams are out to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy for only the second time everagainst a Bengals team that has never won the Super Bowl.
“Indoor-outdoor” SoFi stadium inaugurated in 2020
After the Rams won the NFC conference against the San Francisco 49ers at the end of January, SoFi Stadium will take place the first to host a conference championship game and the Super Bowl in the same season.
Home to both the Rams and fellow NFL Los Angeles Chargers, The stadium opened in September 2020 after reportedly costing between $5 billion and $6 billion to build.
Built with open sides and a transparent roof, SoFi Stadium is described as the first “indoor-outdoor” arena of its kind. “An open-air design benefits from Southern California’s mild climate, Giving visitors the feeling of being inside and outside‘ say the stadium’s architects, Dallas-based company HKS.
“The design promotes wind flow, protects against direct sunlight and rain while maintaining connection to the sky and the surrounding nature […]. People who visit SoFi Stadium enjoy cool sea breezes“. While the roof is not retractable, 46 of its 300 ETFE panels can be opened for further ventilation.
“People can feel this great breeze blowing across their face”
Speaking to Forbes magazine this month, Mark Williams, director and head of sports practice at HKS, said, insisted that the “cooling ocean winds” have truly become a hallmark of the SoFi stadium experience.
“I’ve been told this by NFL owners, I have fans and patrons who say this, and our client says it actually works,” he said.People can feel these big breezes blow across their face.”
The open design of the SoFi Stadium, which is rounded off by an outer shell whose shape is inspired by the shore waves of the Pacific Oceanalso offers viewers a view of central LA as well as the Hollywood sign and the mountains surrounding the city.
The capacity can be increased to 70,000 for large events
Although SoFi Stadium has regular capacity is about 70,000, this can be expanded to about 100,000 at major events like the Super Bowl.
According to HKS, the arena has the “biggest video wall in sport” – a double-sided, 70,000 square foot 360-degree Samsung Infinity screen hang over the field. Meanwhile, LEDs embedded in the roof mean it can also be used to display messages and images.
The 298 hectare stadium complex also includes the American Airlines Plazaa 2.5 hectare open space on two levels that serves as the main entrance and venue, and the 6,000-seat YouTube theaterwhere events such as concerts and award ceremonies take place.
According to the stadium’s website, the complex also features “commercial office space, a hotel, residential units and outdoor parking spaces“.
“The best stadium in the world” – LeBron
SoFi Stadium has been praised by the likes of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who said in October last year, “I think SoFi Stadium is the best stadium in the world. Architecturally, it’s the largest I’ve ever seen.”
Arena for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games
In addition to hosting Super Bowl LVI this month, SoFi Stadium is scheduled to host the 2023 College Football Championship Game Opening and Closing Ceremony of the LA 2028 Summer Olympics.
It was on the venues bidding to host games at the 2026 World Cupto be co-hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico was not selected.