Los Angeles - If, but more likely, when Farmers Field opens its gates in 2016, there is a strong possibility the venue will bring some of boxing’s biggest events to the City of Los Angeles.
Famers Field will be the home to one, and maybe even two, National Football League franchises. But a facility of this magnitude cannot live on football alone. Concerts and other sporting events will be hosted by AEG’s new state of the art complex.
When Cowboys Stadium opened in 2012, the most modern football arena in the United States at this time, owner Jerry Jones went above and beyond to secure and present Manny Pacquiao’s last two fights.
If Top Rank Promotions by passed Las Vegas casino site fees to take Pacquiao to Dallas – the United States fifth largest media market with approximately four and a half million people over the age of 12, what will boxing promoters do to bring their sport to the second largest media market (10,000,000 occupants aged 12 or older) in a venue that can seat 75,000?
As it is AEG’s Los Angeles properties Staples Center and The Home Depot Center have hosted boxing events on a fairly regular basis, and the company acquired a share of Golden Boy Promotion’s ownership back in 2008.
A National Public Radio reportinfers that AEG already plans to host at least one boxing event at Farmers Field every year with at least 50,000 fans in attendance every year.
When 2016 rolls around, it is highly unlikely Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko, or Vitali Klitschko will be the biggest names in boxing, but whoever those names might be – there is a good chance they will be appearing at Farmers Field in their biggest fights.