The host of MLS Cup 2004 on Nov. 14, The Home Depot Center covers an 125-acre development in Carson, Calif., featuring state-of-the-art stadiums and facilities for soccer, tennis, track and field, cycling, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball and other sports. Designated as an "Official U.S. Olympic Training Site," The Home Depot Center is the nation's most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur and professional athletes, including various U.S. men's and women's national soccer teams.
Developed and operated by the Anschutz Entertainment Group, the $150 million Home Depot Center represents the largest investment in amateur athletics ever made. Whether competing or training, athletes will have the use of world-class amenities including a 3,000 square foot weight room, complete training and locker room facilities as well as dining, housing and other hospitality services.
Created around a 27,000-seat soccer stadium, 13,000-seat tennis stadium, 20,000-seat track and field stadium and indoor velodrome, the complex is located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. The complex has also been designated "official" training sites for USA Cycling, United States Track and Field, the USTA, as home of the USA Tennis High Performance National Training Center and is the summer training camp site for the NFL's San Diego Chargers.
The Home Depot Center's commitment to athletics and training also extends to the surrounding communities. Tennis courts, soccer training fields and a three-mile jogging trail with twelve fitness stations around the perimeter of the development will be available to local residents as well as other facilities and amenities. Through foundations established by AEG operated entities such as the Galaxy, the Los Angeles Kings and STAPLES Center, more that $5 million has been pledged to community organizations in the last six years with new donations targeting this local community already being established. Just one year following its historic opening, The Home Depot Center truly represents Southern California's legacy to sports, 'building character through competition.'