LAFC Officially Inaugurates BMO Stadium

Los Angeles, CA (March 3, 2023) – LAFC officially renames their stadium to BMO Stadium in partnership of their new multi-year deal.

In front of dignitaries from LAFC, Angel City FC, and BMO, the new name was inaugurated in a grand ceremony Friday morning. The event kicked off opening weekend for LAFC as they prepare to host the Timbers on Saturday to begin their 2023 MLS Season.

No longer would supporters see the golden signs of Banc of California instead, the blue and white of BMO now adorn the home of the “Black and Gold.”

Media and guests were treated to videos where the construction process was documented as the new name signage was placed on the stadium. Invited speakers from all three organizations also delivered speeches culminating their new venture.

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“Welcome to BMO Stadium home of the 2022 Supporters Shield and the 2022 MLS Cup Champions,” said Larry Freedman, LAFC Co-President of Business Operations.

Managing Owner Bennet Rosenthal also took the as he emphasized the real mission behind the partnership. “We (LAFC) want to win, but it’s also about making a difference and representing this city.”

And of course, no ownership group is complete in the City of Angels without an appearance of one of the most beloved figures in LA, LAFC Co-Owner Magic Johnson.

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Johnson highlighted BMO’s commitment to underrepresented communities and the perfect fit between BMO and LAFC’s vision and own commitment to the community aid.

“I want to thank Bennett (Rosenthal) the ownership team for choosing the right partner … BMO likes winners and we’re winners here at LAFC, we’re champions on the field and in the community.”

Following the conclusion of the introductory speeches, Johnson led the countdown to officially inaugurate BMO Stadium:

Season Opener – Part 2

Due to unpredictable winter storms throughout Southern California, the showcase opener between LAFC and cross-town rivals the LA Galaxy had to be postponed, leaving out the Black and Gold from MLS’ opening weekend. With the schedule change not only does Saturday’s match mark the home opener for the young club, but will also serve as LAFC’s season opener.

LAFC will take on the 1-0-0 Portland Timbers hoping to maintain their perfect record when opening their home campaign. They’ve also won all their home openers since their inception going 5-0, while this year would be extra special as the team collects their first championship ring after winning the 2022 MLS Cup. Ring ceremony is scheduled for 1pm leading to a 1:30pm kickoff start.

Oh, one last thing. Following the ring ceremony the Black and Gold have one last order of business, the unveiling of their 2022 championship banner which becomes the first to hang inside the rafters at BMO Stadium.


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