The Super Bowl’s return to Los Angeles hinged on a real estate deal in a city where it’s hard enough to keep up with the Joneses, much less the Kardashians.
Shopping on Rodeo Drive is one thing. Shopping for homes in and around LaLa Land is a different experience, especially for the rich and famous.
Kylie Jenner spent $36.5 million on a mansion that includes seven bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and a swimming pool that runs through the entire house.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé forked over $88 million for a mansion that includes four outdoor pools and a 15-car garage.
George Lucas lives in his $100 million “Skywalker Ranch,’’ complete with a 300-seat theater.
Then, there’s the home that can accommodate about 70,000 of your closest friends and family members and is the perfect place to watch a football game.
In fact, SoFi Stadium is the 70,000-seat stadium where the Los Angeles Rams hosted and defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC championship game. The win made them the second consecutive team to play a Super Bowl (scheduled for Feb. 13) in their home stadium.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke spent billions on this property, as much as $5 billion according to various news media reports.
The value of the stadium, designed by HKS, and property according to the Los Angeles County Assessor's latest figures is $3.5 billion. And that doesn't include the state-of-the-art scoreboard.
So, what do billions of dollars get you when you’re building a state-of-the-art stadium in Inglewood, southwestern Los Angeles County?
SoFi Stadium is a giant: 3.1-million square feet, the largest stadium in the NFL.
And that’s gotta gnaw at Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones considering his team’s AT&T Stadium (aka Jerry’s House) comes up just short at 3 million square feet.
Oh, so close, Jerry.
The massive scoreboard is actually a double-sided videoboard and (sorry again, Jerry) the largest in sports, eclipsing all others with 70,000 square feet of digital LED.
Known as the “Infinity Screen,’’ it’s also the only videoboard with 4K technology.
Heavy lifting was required to get it into its final resting place – 122 feet above the playing surface – because the screen weighs 2.2 million pounds.
No, that's not a dome
Those who thought it was a domed stadium learned otherwise when the Rams-Raiders game at SoFi Stadium on Oct. 4 was delayed because of lightning.
It’s a canopy roof with purpose.
Translucent, it attaches to the ground at only four points, leaving the sides open and helping cool the interior. The more than 300 roof panels, measuring 60-by-60 feet, help reduce the heat inside the stadium, as can 46 panels that open electronically.
Digging in the dirt
It isn't cheap to build a stadium 100 feet below the earth’s surface.
That’s what the construction team had to do, to meet FAA regulations, because planes bound for nearby Los Angeles International Airport regularly fly over SoFi Stadium.
It took about 200 18-wheeler flatbeds to haul in the pieces of one of the world’s largest cranes, which helped the team excavate its way to history: SoFi is twice as deep into the ground as any other stadium in the world.
Prime real estate
Kroenke paid about $100 million for 60 acres that were crucial for the construction of the stadium, and the approximately 80 acres of land on which the SoFi sits is valued at $200 million by the Los Angeles County Assessor.
From inside the stadium, on a clear day, it’s hard to beat the views: the San Gabriel Mountains to the north, downtown Los Angeles to the east, the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the south and the Hollywood sign to the northeast.
The stadium occupies the former Hollywood Park Racetrack and sits next to the Forum, former home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings.