The Home Depot Center
The Home Depot Center The Home Depot Center is a 125-acre development in Carson, California, featuring state-of-the-art stadiums and facilities for soccer, tennis, track & field, cycling, lacrosse, rugby, 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. Created around a 27,000-seat soccer stadium, 8,000-seat tennis stadium, 10,000-seat track & field facility and a 2,450-seat indoor velodrome -The ADT Event Center - the complex is located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. The Home Depot Center is home to three professional sports teams - Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA, and Major League Lacrosse's (MLL) Los Angeles Riptide. In addition, the site is the U.S. Soccer Federation's (USSF) national team training headquarters and the location of the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) USA High Performance National Training Center. The development is also designated as an official training site for USA Cycling and USA Track & Field. The David Beckham Academy for youth soccer, Andre Agassi's Safe Passage All Stars at-risk youth tennis program and the nationally recognized Athletes' Performance training center for elite and professional athletes are all based at The Home Depot Center. Developed and operated by AEG, the $150 million Home Depot Center represents the largest investment ever made in amateur athletics. Whether competing or training, athletes have the use of world-class amenities including a 3,000-square foot weight room, training and locker room facilities and hospitality services. Since opening on June 1, 2003 with the inaugural Home Depot Track & Field Invitational, The Home Depot Center has hosted some of the finest national and international competitions in the world. In the facility's first year of operation, it hosted the 2003 MLS All-Star Game, 2003 MLS Cup game and the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup championship match. Since then, The Home Depot Center has hosted the East West Bank Open tennis tournament, a Tier II Sony Ericsson WTA tour stop since 2004, showcasing tennis' most elite female athletes including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva. The nation's premier indoor velodrome, the ADT Event Center, annually hosts the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics and in 2005, hosted the World Championships. 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 is 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 (NHL) and STAPLES Center, more than $5 million has been pledged to community organizations in the last six years, including new donations targeting the local Carson community established by The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation.