Los Angeles’ newest professional sports franchise, Angel City Football Club of the National Women’s Soccer League, announced Thursday it will play its home games at Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park.
Founded by a high-powered, women-dominated lineup of celebrities and sports figures, including Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman and tennis star Serena Williams, the team is scheduled to begin play in spring 2022.
“Announcing our venue partner is a major milestone for Angel City, and we could not be more excited than to play in this spectacular venue right here in the heart of Los Angeles,” Angel City Football Club founder/president Julie Uhrman said in a statement. “We are building a club for all Los Angelenos, united in their support of women’s soccer and the magic that L.A. brings to its fans, players and teams.”
Banc of California Stadium is home to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club
“We are thrilled to welcome our new partners, Angel City FC, to our family, to our home and to their new home,” LAFC co-president Larry Freedman said. “We look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with ACFC to create great experiences here in the heart of Los Angeles.”
Led by Uhrman, a media and gaming entrepreneur, the ACFC’s founding investor group also includes actors Uzo Aduba, Jessica Chastain, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria; late night talk show host Lilly Singh; and former U.S. Women’s National Team players Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Rachel Buehler, Shannon Boxx, Amanda Cromwell, Lorrie Fair Allen, Ronnie Fair Sullins, Joy Fawcett, Angela Hucles, Shannon MacMillan, Tisha Venturini Hoch and Saskia Webber.
Also among the founders are two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup Champions Lauren Cheney Holiday and Abby Wambach; author/activist Glennon Doyle; Netflix executive Cindy Holland; tech entrepreneur and filmmaker Casey Neistat; Baby2Baby founding board member Sabina Nathanson; media executive David Nathanson; Baby2Baby Co-President Norah Weinstein; and Bad Robot President and COO Brian Weinstein.
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