Soccer has come to South LA in a big way with the opening of the USC-adjacent Banc of California Stadium, where the Los Angeles Football Club plays it’s home matches. Now the grounds are getting another big boost by way of The Fields LA, the secretive new food hall landing right next door to the stadium.
There are still a number of unknowns about the spacious new dining plaza attached to LAFC’s stadium, but Eater has confirmed a few details from various sources. First is the name — The Fields — and the proposed opening date: August 8. Originally the project was slated to come online at the same time as the club’s first home soccer game in late April, but shifting construction timelines have held the place at bay for a few months.
Eater has also confirmed that several high-profile chefs are involved at The Fields. Among the more notable names is Timothy Hollingsworth of Otium, Barrel & Ashes, and (once upon a time) The French Laundry. He’ll be doing some kind of chicken sandwich concept inside, and is likely to be running the food at a rooftop restaurant and lounge as well, though reps for the chef would not officially confirm those details just yet.
Burritos La Palma is also set to take a stall at the LAFC-adjacent food hall, capping off a massive year of expansion that has seen the small El Monte company grow into Orange County and a pop-up inside of Plan Check on Fairfax. The biggest question mark of all, though, is Chris Bianco. His reps are being rather hush hush about his possible involvement, but Eater has heard from several sources that the Phoenix-famous chef will indeed be helping out - and he may even be doing pizza, though that’s also unconfirmed.
The connection between Bianco and The Fields makes all the sense in the world, though, given that much of the money behind the project comes from the same folks who are putting together Tartine at the ROW, where the chef is also a partner. There is certainly more to come on the culinary announcement front, and with a proposed opening only a few weeks away it’s likely the news will turn from a trickle to a downpour soon.
The Fields LA. 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.