In the coming years the LA Galaxy could be sharing their StubHub Center home once again.
No, Chivas USA is not re-launching itself, but if an NFL franchise decides to move to California then the 27,000 capacity venue could be its temporary home until a new American Football stadium is built in LA.
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Here’s more from the guys over at ProFootballTalk on Robbie Keane and Co. sharing their home with any potential NFL franchises who decide to relocate to LA:
“As Florio noted last night, the decision by the Rose Bowl to not bid to be the temporary host to an NFL team in Los Angeles cost the league the leverage they covet. That leaves the Coliseum, which only wants to host one team, not two, along with the baseball stadiums of the Dodgers and Angels.
The other option is the 27,000-seat Stub Hub Center, home of the L.A. Galaxy. But if you think the league would hesitate to put games in such a tiny facility, it’s not inconceivable.
StubHub is more realistic than some may believe,” Marc Ganis, president and founder of consulting firm SportsCorp told the Los Angeles Times. “There’s something interesting about playing in a smaller facility, to start with creating a scarcity of tickets and increase the level of interest early on. It’s part of a complex that’s easy to get into. There’s space around it to do events and, frankly, AEG knows how to put on events.”
Pretty interesting, huh?
One other factor comes into play here. What if new MLS franchise Los Angeles FC decides to get involved and put its new downtown stadium in the mix? Well, even though the StubHub Center is considered incredibly small to host NFL games — the average attendance for the league in 2014 was 68,776 — LAFC’s proposed new home from 2018 would be even smaller at just 22,000. Not going to happen.
So, is StubHub a viable option for an NFL franchise to call home? And what about the Galaxy, should they be worried about the pitch getting churned up during NFL games?
What a week. So much news connecting the NFL and soccer worlds with Tottenham Hotspur and the NFL announcing a 10-year deal to host regular-season games at their new White Hart Lane stadium from 2018. Maybe in the future we will start to see kickers shared between these two sports and maybe a few wide-receivers can double-up as goalkeepers?
Just a thought. I’ll leave that there…