The new Los Angeles MLS team that will replace the now-disbanded Chivas USA in 2017 now officially has owners (Vietnamese venture capitalist Henry Nguyen, 21 other guys) and a name (Los Angeles F.C., though that’s subject to change if and when everyone decides it sucks). Now all they need is a place to play:
Nguyen said the group intends to scour the greater Los Angeles area for the perfect stadium site, with that search beginning immediately.
“Really, that home, that stadium, is going to be a critical part of our early work,” Nguyen told reporters…
According to Penn, the group has an early budget of $150 million for the stadium plan and is seeking development sites of between 15 and 100 acres.
L.A. already has a soccer stadium, of course — the StubHub Center in Carson, where Chivas played and the Los Angeles Galaxy still do — but Nguyen and his partners say they’re going to fund a new stadium on their own, so hey, it’s their money. Assuming it really is their money, of course: Plenty of sports team owners have said they won’t ask for public subsidies and then do anyway, so we’ll just have to wait and see on this one.
Meanwhile, Nguyen and friends have broken new ground in at least one way, becoming probably the first team owners ever to crowdsource their stadium plans:
It’s probably mostly a gimmick to build interest in their as-yet-nonexistent team — “Hey look, our fans are telling us where to build a stadium, this must mean we have fans!” — but sure, why not? Random fans can’t do worse than whoever is running NYC F.C.‘s stadium planning process.