StubHub Center

By Football Tripper

Last Updated: July 9, 2015

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Aerial view of Stubhub Center California

Stadium Overview

Team: LA Galaxy

Address: 18400 Avalon Boulevard, Carson, 90746

Capacity: 27,000

Opened: 2003

StubHub Center formerly known as The Home Deport Center between 2002 and 2013, is a multi-purpose sports stadium located on the Campus of California state University in Carson, California. The 27,000 capacity soccer stadium is the largest purpose built stadium in Major League Soccer and is home to both LA Galaxy.

Stadium Guide

History

Opening on June 1st 2003 and built over the course of a year, StubHub centre was only the second stadium to be purpose-built for soccer in the MLS era after following the lead set by Columbus Crew’s Stadium in 1999. With a capacity of 27,000 it is currently the biggest dedicated soccer stadium in MLS although CenturyLink, The Citrus Bowl and Yankee Stadium all have more seats heading into the 2015 MLS season.

Costing over $87 million to build which equates to just over $112 million by today’s standards, some of the money has been recouped through the sale of naming rights. Currently known as the StubHub Center since June 2013, the ground was initially known as the Home Deport Center for the first decade it opened.

Rather than being to referred to as a stadium, the facilities located on California State University in Carson are known collectively as a “Center”, and in total cost $150 million. These include a 2,450 seat velodrome, an 8,000 capacity tennis stadium and an outdoor athletics track which can seat up to 20,000 fans with the addition of temporary seating.

Designed by Rossetti Architects who have built a total of six Major League Soccer Stadiums to date including Toyota Park, Rio Tinto Stadium and the Red Bull Arena, the StubHub Center is most commonly associated with soccer, although it also annually hots the Vans Warped Tour concert.

The most high-profile Soccer matches at the StubHub to date have arguably been the 2003 MLS All-Star game, and five MLS Cup finals. Most recently in December 2014 Los Angeles Galaxy defeated New England Revolution 2-1 in to lift their fifth title, giving USA record goalscorer and club icon Landon Donovan a real Hollywood ending after he announced his retirement from Soccer.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan for LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center stadium:

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Stands

StubHub Center Soccer Stadium is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

Matchday Experience

Best Pubs

The two nearest pubs are the Overtime Bar & Grill, and Buffalo Wild Wings which are very much in the classic American sports bar mould.

Food

Located next to the campus of a University there are numerous cheap franchise options dotted around the place within a 2 mile radius including a McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC and Domino’s Pizza. There’s even the Carson Mall 10 minutes away which has more sit-down type restaurants such as Denny’s, Olive Garden, and Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

Inside the stadium there are numerous concession stands which sell everything from simple Nachos to a Farmer John Hot Dog meaning there’s no possible way that you will starve during the match.

Club Shop

LA Galaxy operate a club shop at the stadium as well as an official online mini-site on MLS Store.com. The stadium has the following opening hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
  • Game days: 2 hours before kick-off (minimum)

Stadium Tour

LA Galaxy offer fans the chance see the usually restricted access area at StubHub Center up close and personal by booking a place on the official Stadium tour. Tours are available between Tuesday to Friday across two slots (10.00 am and 2.00 pm), and can be booked by visiting this page.

Tour Prices

  • Adults: $12.00
  • Under 18: $7.00
A school tours the Stubhub Centre and takes in LA Galaxy's locker room.

A school tours the Stubhub Centre and takes in LA Galaxy’s locker room.

Please note that attendees in groups larger than 35 will receive a $2 dollar discount on ticket prices, however this only really applies to schools. No one has that much friends.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to see LA Galaxy play at the StubHub centre can either be purchased in person at the stadium’s box office in the lead up to the match or online via AXS Tickets who are the club’s preferred ticket vendor.

2015 Ticket Prices

  • Upper: $19.50 – $45.00
  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Endline: $27.00 – $32.50
  • Sideline: $29.50 – $42.00
  • Reserved Sidelines: $46.00 – $53.00
  • Midfield and Pref Sideline: $59.50
  • Platium and Fieldside: $150.00- $300.00

Please note that ticket prices listed here are illustrative, subject to change and do not include booking fees.

Matchday Travel

Located more or less on the campus of California state university the Stubhub centre enjoys good transport links although mainly for on-road vehicles.

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The main entrance to the Stubhub! Center!!!! Previously known as the Home Depot Park with no exclamation marks.

Driving

The address for satnav is as follows:

  • StubHub Center, 18400 Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746, United States

Car Parks

The StubHub centre is served by up to 18 car parks which contain thousands of spaces, and providing that you follow relevant signs driving is really straightforward. The stadium’s operators have even put together a complete parking map for you to pinpoint exactly where you wish to park.  Cash only.

Public Transport

As most fans choose to drive to the see LA Galaxy play Soccer there isn’t widespread information concerning bus and metro routes. The official Stubhub website advises fans to visit Southern Californian Transport to find available bus and rail routes.

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Galaxy fans proudly displaying the club’s signature blue and yellow colours. Beer included.

The closest bus stops are Avalon/184th to the west of the stadium served by 45, 205 and 246 and Victoria Street at Rainsbury Avenue which is served by the brown number 6 or the white 130.

Hotels

There are a dozen or so affordable hotels within 10 minutes of the Stubhub Center, with most of the options either allied to the Gardena Freeway which runs horizontal or the north/southbound Interstate 110. Choices include Travelodge Inn, Carson Plaza Hotel and Willow Tree Inn Los Angeles.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: July 9, 2015

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