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AEG selects Gensler to design downtown L.A. football stadium

March 25, 2011 | 12:59 pm

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The proposed NFL stadium that will occupy a large swath of land in downtown L.A. will be designed by the global architecture firm Gensler. As reported Friday in The Times, AEG has picked Gensler to design the estimated $1-billion venue from a field of three finalists that included the firms HNTB and HKS.

Gensler doesn't have past experience designing NFL stadiums, but the firm designed the hotel and residence tower that is part of L.A. Live, where the new stadium will reside.

The stadium is expected to be called Farmers Field, in a naming-rights agreement with Farmers Insurance that is worth an estimated $700 million.

Gensler has worked on a number of local buildings, including the new Creative Artists Agency building in Century City -- referred to affectionately as the "CAA Death Star" -- the Beverly Hilton and the ArcLight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks.

The new stadium is still many steps away from completion. Organizers still need to lure an NFL team to L.A., a city that hasn't had a major football team in more than 15 years, after the Raiders and the Rams moved away.

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-- David Ng

Photo: AEG has selected Gensler to design its proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Associated Press


 
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This is the right choice, but it was a foregone conclusion since they've been using the Gensler concept drawings on the Farmers Field website for weeks. Looking forward to pro football in Los Angeles where it belongs.

What's up with the closed roof that I'm reading about in the news stories? Are they crazy? We live in a place with such nice weather, and Gensler is going to close it up to protect us from the nice weather? If I go to the game, I would have no place to tailgate with my friends.. (don't feel like hanging out in some shady parking garage).. then I would be stuck indoors at the game with no breeze of fresh air. I hope this junky design never gets built.


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