The NFL season is almost here, and soon fans will be filling into stadiums across the nation to watch their favorite teams play.
Same goes for the state-of-the-art SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, which serves as a home field to both the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.
The Chargers play their first game at SoFi Stadium on Sept. 10 against the Miami Dolphins, while the Rams play their first home game a week later on Sept. 17 against the San Francisco 49ers.
While football fans can’t legally bet on sports in California, there is still plenty to look forward to this season.
Whether you’re a Rams fan or a Chargers fan, this comprehensive fan guide includes all you need to know about attending an NFL game at SoFi Stadium this season.
Traveling to SoFi Stadium
SoFi Stadium is located at 1001 S Stadium Dr., Inglewood, CA, 90301.
Nestled in the heart of Inglewood, the stadium’s location is well-served by driving routes as well as by public transportation.
Driving to the stadium
SoFi Stadium is just 4.9 miles from Los Angeles International Airport. The venue’s close proximity to the airport makes it incredibly accessible not only for locals, but also for out-of-town fans and international visitors.
SoFi Stadium is also located just southeast of the Forum, a multi-purpose indoor arena.
In order to avoid delays or disappointments, it is best for drivers to check traffic on their smartphones or the local news to choose the best route to the stadium on game day.
By bus and train to the stadium
One of the easiest ways to get to SoFi Stadium is via Los Angeles’ public transit system. To do this, simply catch the Metro Bus Line 117, 10 or 212/213.
Alternatively, you can take the Metro C-Line or the Metro K-Line Light Rails, which both have stations within walking distance of the stadium.
On game days, Metro offers an Express shuttle service from the Metro C-Line Hawthorne/Lennox Station to SoFi Stadium.
In addition, every Sunday, GTrans runs lines from Harbor Gateway Transit Center for $4.
Parking at SoFi Stadium
SoFi Stadium’s technological extravagance is only offset by its limited on-site parking inventory. Because of the limited parking options, it is best to plan ahead and arrive early on game days.
For NFL games, expect parking lots to open 4-5 hours before kick-off. Entry gates open 2-3 hours before kick-off.
You must book your on-site parking pass in advance of game day. To begin your seamless game day experience, download your parking pass prior to arriving at the stadium.
If you don’t have a parking pass, don’t fret. The City of Inglewood offers off-site park and ride. Off-site parking locations include:
- Civic Center Garage – 1 W Manchester Blvd.
- Inglewood Public Library – 101 W Manchester Blvd.
- Senior Center Garage – 333 East Queen St.
- Locust Street Garage – 115 South Locust St.
- Flyte Garage – 2230 E Imperial Hwy.
- Playa District – 6870 Park Terrace
Shuttles run from all of these locations to SoFi Stadium on game days, and will typically cost you between $30 and $50, although rates can vary.
For more SoFi Stadium parking and shuttle information, call (424) 541-9100.
Tailgating at SoFi Stadium
Tailgating before a Rams or Chargers game can take place only in the Pink Zone parking lot. In addition, tailgating is only permitted within the time allotted by SoFi Stadium.
Pink Zone opens five hours prior to kick-off, whereas all other zones open four hours before kick-off.
Tailgating in ADA-marked parking stalls is strictly prohibited.
Selecting your seats
Upon its opening in 2020, SoFi Stadium set a new benchmark in design, hospitality and overall fan experience for North American stadiums. All in all, it took $5.5 billion to build the megalithic stadium, but it was money well spent.
SoFi Stadium has a staggering seating capacity of 70,000, which is expandable to 100,000 for special events. And with fantastic sight lines, practically every seat in the house is a winner.
Hovering above the stadium like a halo is a retractable roof that’s meant to protect fans and players from poor weather.
First-time visitors at the stadium will be taken aback by the double-sided video board known as the Oculus, which guarantees fans in every seating position have an optimal view of the game. There is truly not a bad seat in the house.
As part of the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park complex, SoFi Stadium also offers a retail area, restaurants and office spaces.
Club seating at SoFi Stadium is located along the sideline in both the 100 and 200 levels.
They run from endzone to endzone and offer fans one of the best seating options at a Rams or Chargers game.
Terrace Club Seats occupy sections 319-326 and 346-353. These seats are classified as the premier seating sections on the SoFi Stadium seating chart.
Ultra Seats and Corona Beach House
Running in select sections on the 200 level, the Ultra Seats provide access to an exclusive lounge space with large bars and televisions.
Sections 224-226 give fans access to the Corona Beach House. This area offers a unique seating experience with two additional levels of breakout space available. It has a central bar, as well as many great views of the stadium and surrounding area.
If you’re in the market for the best seats at a Rams or Chargers game in SoFi Stadium, check out the VIP Club Seats.
These sections are along the sideline and have desirable sight lines from mid-field. Four VIP sections can be found on the 100 level and six VIP sections are located on the 200 level.
Some of the VIP Club perks include:
- Upscale lounge space
- Complimentary food and beverages
- Private VIP Entrance
- Wider seats
- Cushioned seating
- Within 40 rows of the field
It’s been established that the best view for a game comes by sitting in a VIP section on the 200 level or the upper rows of the 100 level.
ADA accessible seating
Recognizing its position as a prime destination for sports and entertainment, SoFi Stadium is committed to providing high quality accessible and inclusive services to all its guests.
Visitors who might require accessible seating in wheelchairs or other mobility devices can find these in the 100, 200, 300 and 400 seating sections. Companion seating is available for up to three companions, and will be provided next to the ADA seat if available.
For more accessible seating information prior to game day, you can call (424) 541-9100 between the hours of 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., or you can email [email protected].
If you need more assistance when you are at the game, text (424) 541-9222 with a brief description of the assistance needed. Or, you can visit a Guest Services Center.
ADA accessible parking is available in Brown Zone, Green Zone, Orange Zone, Purple Zone and Blue Zone. All of these lots can be accessed using Gates 1-12.
Upon your arrival on game day, inform the parking attendant you require close parking and they will do their best to accommodate you. But remember, spots are subject to availability, so it is recommended that you arrive to the stadium as soon as the parking lots open. You must also have an ADA placard or sticker on your vehicle.
For specific events, a shuttle service will run fans to and from the parking lots to the venue. In addition, Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available upon request and can be rented at the Guest Services Centers.
For more accessible parking information, email [email protected].
Best food at SoFi Stadium
The average Rams or Chargers game at SoFi Stadium will take at least three hours to complete, so you’re bound to get hungry.
SoFi Stadium won’t let you bring food from outside, but thankfully, the stadium offers plenty of food choices shaped by the region’s diverse cuisines.
Here are some of the top options:
Here you’ll discover a curated selection of burger and deli favorites including cheeseburgers, pastrami sandwiches, vegan chili, hot dogs and chili dogs, french fries, as well as beer, wine, soda, and water.
Fairfax Ave. is located on Levels 3, 4, 6 and 8.
Located on Levels 3, 4, 6, and 8, Olvera St. features family-inspired Mexican fare that is both spicy and savory.
Some favorites are the Chicken Tinga Burrito, Beef Barbacoa Burrito and Cheese Quesadilla.
San Vicente Boulevard
A craving for Italian food is quickly satisfied here with delicious classics like cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza and meatballs. Also, San Vincente BLVD offers a great Stromboli Dog, which is a tasty hot dog wrapped in garlic knots meant to be dipped in marinara sauce.
San Vincente BLVD is located on Levels 3, 4, 6 and 8.
Paying homage to LA’s diverse food scene, the cuisine at Sawtelle BLVD is inspired by pan-Asian flavors. All-time favorites include the chicken strips with tots, the crispy chicken sandwich, and Chick’n Nugs & Tots.
Sawtelle BLVD can be found on Levels 3, 4, 6 and 8.
SoFi Stadium bag policy
Sofi Stadium strongly encourages guests not to bring any bags or containers into the stadium. However, should the need arise, here’s what’s allowed:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”, or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag
- Small clutch bags that are 4” x 6”
- Exceptions can be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection by a Security Representative
Items strictly prohibited include but are not limited to:
- Purses larger than a clutch bag
What does it cost to see a game at SoFi Stadium?
Getting to see the Chargers or the Rams live in person at SoFi Stadium beats watching them on television, but it shouldn’t break the bank. So, let’s take a look at the cost of attending a regular season game at SoFi Stadium.
According to TicketSmarter, the average ticket price to see a game at SoFi Stadium during the regular season is $231.94. But you can usually find tickets at a cheaper price.
If you’re coming to see the Rams at SoFi Stadium, expect to pay on average $146 for a ticket. On the other hand, Chargers tickets come a little pricier with an average of $183 per ticket.
Remember that ticket prices can vary up until kick-off.
Traditions at a Rams game
The Los Angeles Rams lay claim to the NFL’s first Mariachi group called the Mariachi Rams. The world-class musical ensemble combines authentic Mariachi music with a modern twist. They perform live on game days, adding a vibrant touch to the Rams’ home games.
Oh, and don’t be surprised to see a group of Rams fans with carved-out watermelons on their heads. They’re known as the Melonheads.
Similar to the Cheeseheads of the Green Bay Packers, they want to showcase their state’s agricultural pride, the watermelon. The Melonhead group first started appearing at games in 1985.
Traditions at a Chargers game
The Chargers’ history in Los Angeles is not that storied. Although established in 1960, they only played one season in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego.
They returned to Los Angeles in 2017, but most of their fan base remained in San Diego.
It may still take some time for LA Chargers fans to drum up some unique traditions on game days.
Non-football watching activities at SoFi Stadium
SoFi Stadium is an extremely large venue with lots of activities to keep you entertained besides football.
At field level behind the Rams bench, you’ll find the SoFi Social Club, exclusive to premium ticket holders. The club has a walkout patio just a few feet from the sideline, while the inside features a modern design, with ample seating and a central bar.
Other spots to hang out include the Patio Club, the Chairman’s Club and the Concourse Space.
It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes that won’t burden you when walking around the facility. It’s also a good idea to make sure your phone is fully charged and has space for the many photos and videos you’re sure to take of the magnificent stadium.
Fan etiquette at SoFi Stadium
All Rams and Chargers guests must abide by SoFi Stadium’s Fan Code of Conduct. That includes respecting others and practicing proper courtesy and etiquette like refraining from unruly, disruptive or illegal behavior as well as not using abusive language. In other words, always remember to root and cheer responsibly.
When drinking, be sure to keep your alcohol consumption in check.
It’s good to keep in mind that people of all ages and walks of life are at the game, so be mindful at all times.
Choosing your uniform number
Both teams that call SoFi Stadium home have impressive players to brag about, and in case you want to cop a jersey at the stadium, here are some of the most popular numbers.
Most popular LA Rams jerseys:
- #9 – Matt Stafford
- #99 – Aaron Donald
- #29 – Eric Dickerson
- #10 – Cooper Kupp
- #3 – Cam Akers
Most popular LA Chargers jerseys:
- #10 – Justin Herbert
- #33 – Derwin James
- #13 – Keenan Allen
- #30 – Austin Ekeler
- #97 – Joey Bosa
- #21 – LaDainian Tomlinson
All these and more can be purchased at the Equipment Room, the official NFL team store of the LA Rams and the LA Chargers at SoFi Stadium.
2023 Los Angeles Rams home football schedule
- Week 2, Sept. 17: San Francisco 49ers
- Week 5, Oct. 8: Philadelphia Eagles
- Week 6, Oct. 15: Arizona Cardinals
- Week 7, Oct. 22: Pittsburgh Steelers
- Week 11, Nov. 19: Seattle Seahawks
- Week 13, Dec. 3: Cleveland Browns
- Week 15, Dec. 17: Washington Commanders
- Week 16, Dec. 21: New Orleans Saints
2023 Los Angeles Chargers home football schedule
- Week 1, Sept. 10: Miami Dolphins
- Week 4, Oct. 1: Las Vegas Raiders
- Week 6, Oct. 16: Dallas Cowboys
- Week 8, Oct. 29: Chicago Bears
- Week 10, Nov. 12: Detroit Lions
- Week 12, Nov. 26: Baltimore Ravens
- Week 14, Dec. 10: Denver Broncos
- Week 16, Dec. 23: Buffalo Bills
- Week 18, Jan. 7: Kansas City Chiefs