LAFC today announced it will be the official host of the new Olympic sport Rugby Sevens, expanding the international sports landscape in Los Angeles for years to come.
Partnering with Grand Prix Network LLC (GPN) and GPN’s exclusively sanctioned partner and Olympic member USA Rugby, LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium will be the permanent home of the Grand Prix Rugby “$1M Champion Sevens,” the world’s richest Rugby Sevens championship in history.
“LAFC is thrilled to welcome the Rugby Sevens to Banc of California Stadium. This championship level event is a perfect match for our world-class venue,” said Tom Penn, LAFC Club President and Owner. “We look forward to partnering with Grand Prix Network and USA Rugby Sevens to welcome rugby fans from Southern California and around the world to Banc of California Stadium.”
“With Rugby now recognized as one of the world’s fastest growing sports, and after extending Grand Prix Network’s exclusively sanctioned partnership with U.S. Olympic member USA Rugby through 2024, it was imperative we establish an equally long-term partnership with a world-class venue. LAFC obviously shares our vision for showcasing nothing but the best. Grand Prix Rugby partnering with LAFC’s fabulous new Banc of California Stadium to showcase the world’s greatest teams playing for a world record million dollar prize is a message to the rugby world that the ‘Father of American Football’ is back, and bigger and better than ever,” declared GPN Chairman & CEO William Tatham.
GPN’s EVP Kevin Wynne who negotiated the seven-year venue partnership added, “LAFC had the vision and commitment to invest in a state-of-the art stadium that will quickly become Major League Soccer’s signature venue and their innovative approach to giving their fans an amazing game day experience make them the perfect partner. We were delighted LAFC enthusiastically embraced a long-term partnership, and we can’t wait for rugby fans from around the world to descend on Los Angeles to witness the richest Champions Sevens tournament ever in the ultramodern Banc of California Stadium.”
Banc of California Stadium is LAFC’s new 22,000-seat world-class soccer stadium that will bring more than $350 million in private investment to south Los Angeles and redefine the Los Angeles landscape. Find out more at: bancofcaliforniastadium.com