April 7, 2007
A VIP ENTRANCE
New entry to stadium built
By Andrea Canales, LASoccerNews.com Associate Editor
For all those who had fantasies of meeting Jennifer Lopez in the general entrance line at the Home Depot Center before a Los Angeles Galaxy game, that's apparently not going to happen.
|A new VIP entrance at Home Depot Center was completed before the start of the 2007 MLS season - and well before the arrival of David Beckham.
Photo by Andrea Canales/LASoccerNews.com
Instead, AEG, the parent company of the club, has decided that the celebrities who rushed to buy event suites for Galaxy matches will be able to reach their seats via a special entrance.
Construction of the new stadium gateway was recently completed.
Valets will park the cars that arrive at the VIP entrance, which is located nearly exactly between the two main standard entrance points of the stadium. There had always been a stairway into the stadium there, but it was usually locked and only accessible to stadium personnel.
Now the stairway has been expanded and modified to allow for easy entrance to the club suite level of the stadium, located on the west sideline.
"It's going to be more convenient for everyone," said Galaxy assistant manager Tom Payne. He also pointed out that having a VIP entrance is common in many sports arenas.
The Galaxy have had long-standing celebrity fans, such as Drew Carey and Samuel L. Jackson, but the signing of David Beckham triggered a buying spree among Hollywood stars. Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez and Tom Hanks are all reported to have bought season tickets to games.