LA Galaxy to introduce safe-standing

Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise LA Galaxy has announced it will introduce a safe-standing section at Dignity Health Sports Park in an effort to further enhance the fan experience at its stadium.

As part of ongoing renovations, safe-standing seats will be installed at the North End of the stadium, currently sections 120-123, in time for the 2020 season. The area will allow Galaxy supporters’ groups Angel City Brigade, Galaxians and others to occupy the space. Additionally, Dignity Health Sports Park will install additional bars on the north concourse. The LA Galaxy recently added dedicated supporters’ tailgate areas just outside the North end of the stadium.

The Galaxy will become the latest MLS club to introduce such a feature at its stadium, with city rival LAFC also having safe-standing at its Banc of California Stadium. The work will form part of a multi-year plan to improve Dignity Health Sports Park. “We believe Dignity Health Sports Park is one of the finest soccer-specific stadiums in the United States, and investing in our supporters and their resources is paramount,” said LA Galaxy president Chris Klein.

“Creating a safe-standing section in our stadium will have a tremendous effect on our players on the field and will continue to give us a home field advantage when playing in front of our supporters. Our supporters are the lifeblood of this club and we are excited to provide them with the necessary seating to support the LA Galaxy.”

The club has made multi-million dollar investments into various aspects of Dignity Health Sports Park within the last year, including brand-new sound speaker systems, LA Galaxy HQ and the creation of Legends Plaza.

Katie Pandolfo, general manager of Dignity Health Sports Park, added: “Our fan experience is incredibly important and this will impact our environment for any event here, but especially for LA Galaxy home matches.”

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