LOS ANGELES (May 6, 2021) Today, the trailblazing LA Giltinis Rugby team announced a May 15 home game at SoFi Stadium that will be the first-ever chance for fans to experience rugby at the showpiece venue.
SoFi Stadium will make its Major League Rugby (MLR) debut with fans on May 15 when the LA Giltinis face the Utah Warriors at 7 p.m. This match is presented by Gilly’s Legendary Lager.
The opportunity to showcase MLR in the state-of-the-art stadium demonstrates the exponential growth and interest in Rugby in Southern California.
“We are thrilled to be part of history by providing fans of all sports with the opportunity to experience SoFi Stadium for one of the first times,” said Former Australian Wallabies player and Giltinis General Manager Adam Freier.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase to the people of Los Angeles why Rugby is the third biggest sporting event in the world, and we have already seen huge interest here in Los Angeles, which many refer to as the sporting capital of the world.
“We look forward to welcoming guests to SoFi Stadium for our inaugural series of events,” said Jason Gannon, managing director, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. “SoFi Stadium is slated to host a variety of world-class sporting events in the coming years, and we will continue to add dynamic events like Major League Rugby to our list.”
Los Angeles welcomed the Giltinis as the newest professional sports franchise to the City of Angels on March 20 where they began play at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Due to a scheduling conflict, the May 15 match was moved from the Coliseum to SoFi Stadium. The Coliseum will otherwise remain the Giltinis’ home stadium for the full 2021 season.
A limited number of tickets will be available for the May 15 match, going on-sale Friday, May 7, 12 p.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com.
About Major League Rugby
MLR was founded in 2018 with seven teams and has since expanded to 12 teams this season with the LA Giltinis as the newest club. The current teams in the league are: Austin (TX) Gilgronis; Houston (TX) Sabercats; New England (Boston) Free Jacks; NOLA (New Orleans) Gold; Old Glory DC (Washington, D.C.); Rugby ATL (Atlanta); Rugby United New York; San Diego Legion; Seattle Seawolves; Toronto Arrows; Utah Warriors and the Los Angeles Giltinis.
About the LA Giltinis
The LA Giltinis is our professional Rugby Union Team representing the City of Los Angeles in the Major League Rugby (MLR), named after a premium cocktail based on a Martini. The Giltinis’ home matches are played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and headquarters and practice facility is located in El Segundo, CA. The LA Giltinis are setting the pace in the MLR at 6-0 atop the Western Conference standings with Captain Dave Dennis, Wallabies great Matt Giteau and Head Coach Darren Coleman leading the way. The full 2021 season schedule for the Giltinis can be found by visiting www.giltinis.com and for the full MLR schedule visit www.majorleague.rugby
About SoFi Stadium
SoFi Stadium, the new home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, is located at Hollywood Park, a near 300-acre sports and entertainment destination being developed by Los Angeles Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke in Inglewood, Calif. The 3.1 million square-foot SoFi Stadium is the largest stadium in the NFL, as well as the first indoor-outdoor stadium. It seats approximately 70,000, expandable up to 100,000, with more than 260 luxury suites and more than 13,000 premium seats. SoFi Stadium has already secured Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the College Football National Championship Game in 2023, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2028. Adjacent to the stadium and sitting under the same roof canopy is the 2.5-acre American Airlines Plaza and a 6,000-seat performance venue. For more information about SoFi Stadium, visit www.SoFiStadium.com or @SoFiStadium on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.