MLS expansion club LAFC cleared a hurdle that will pave the way for construction to begin on the team's soccer-specific stadium, the club announced in a press release on Friday.
LAFC was granted approval by the Los Angeles City Council after submitting an acceptable Final Environmental Impact Report in addition to other environmental and entitlement agreements. The 22,000-seat stadium will be situated at the site of the L.A. Sports Arena, which will be demolished in order to make way for LAFC's new venue.
"These approvals by the City Council provide LAFC formal consent to take possession of the site and proceed with the groundbreaking of the project," the club states.
LAFC is slated to begin MLS play in 2018.
“LAFC’s promise is to unite the world’s city through the world’s game. Today, through the collaborative vision and efforts of the City Council and the people of Los Angeles, we continue to work towards that promise. Everyone has invested a tremendous amount of time, hard work, thought and energy and we are now one step closer to making our shared vision a reality,” LAFC managing partner and owner Henry Nguyen said in a statement.
According to the club, the stadium venue will also include over 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, office space a conference center and a world soccer museum.