By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles’ newest professional sports franchise, Angel City Football Club of the National Women’s Soccer League, announced Thursday it will play its home games at Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park.

The team, founded by a woman-dominated lineup of celebrities and sports figures, including actress Natalie Portman and tennis star Serena Williams, is scheduled to begin playing in spring 2022.

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“Announcing our venue partner is a major milestone for Angel City, and we could not be more excited than to play in this spectacular venue right here in the heart of Los Angeles,” Angel City Football Club founder/president Julie Uhrman said in a statement. “We are building a club for all Los Angelenos, united in their support of women’s soccer and the magic that L.A. brings to its fans, players and teams.”

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Banc of California Stadium is also home to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new partners, Angel City FC, to our family, to our home and to their new home,” LAFC co-president Larry Freedman said. “We look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with ACFC to create great experiences here in the heart of Los Angeles.”

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