Planning officials in Los Angeles have approved plans for an enclosed 7,500-seat arena as part of the multi-purpose Promenade 2035 development in Woodland Hills.

The planners signed off on the plan after initial proposals for a 15,000-seat venue were scaled back, even though the space for the development will remain the same at about 320,000 square feet.

In a lengthy document, city officials stated that such a facility may host “professional, youth and community sporting activities, live music, craft fairs and exhibitions, lectures and speaker series, performing arts and holiday concerts”.

However, the venue will face competition from a number of nearby facilities, including the 21,000-capacity Staples Center in downtown LA and The Forum in Inglewood, which has 17,500 seats.

Although it was originally planned to construct a stadium that would be partly covered by a roof, planners recommended an indoor arena.

“Entertainment venues are limited in the San Fernando Valley, and it would be appropriate and desirable to provide such a venue in the San Fernando Valley,” the official stated in their approval document.

The 34-acre development by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is slated to include 5,610 parking spaces, about 1,400 multi-family residential units, 244,000 square feet of shops and restaurants and 630,000 square feet of office space, with a hotel offering up to 570 rooms.

Residents have until August 1 to lodge an appeal, while the proposed development still has to overcome several approvals before becoming a reality.

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