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2016
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PLA Signed for New L.A. Soccer Stadium; 1200 Jobs Expected During Construction

LAFC stadium project labor agreement

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The Los Angeles City Council has approved a privately funded, 22,000 seat, $250 million soccer-specific stadium to house Major League Soccer’s expansion Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).  The project will be the biggest and most expensive soccer-only project in MLS history.

As part of their plan, LAFC announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), entered into with the Los Angeles and Orange County Building & Construction Trades Council, to guide construction.

The project is expected to create 1,200 new jobs during construction, and 1,800 permanent jobs in time.  In March, the team held a job fair for local residents seeking work on the stadium. The LAFC estimates that the stadium will create $128 million in economic benefits to the community. 

The stadium will be built on a 15-acre complex next to the Coliseum, the former home of the now-closed Los Angeles Sports Arena.  The complex will also feature over 100,000 sq. ft. of new restaurants, office space, a conference center, and a world football (soccer) museum.  Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, LAFC President Tom Penn said of the location:

“This is precious real estate and this is a precious place.  The vision is to unite this diverse city around their love of the game…. We pledge a promise to do you proud.”

Construction of the new stadium, which will include demolition of the old arena, is expected to begin this summer. An aggressive timeline will have the complex up and running by the team’s first game in March of 2018.  The PLA is viewed as vital to ensuring this timeline while avoiding budget overruns.

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