The Banc of California Stadium opened its doors for us to test out its facilities during a watch party for LAFC against Montreal Impact. Although the men in Black and Gold weren’t present, we organized and prepared as if it were our first home match.
Drums struck an infectious rhythm early Saturday morning in front of the Olympic statues of the Coliseum, with the loud percussion serving as a beacon for all LAFC supporters to gather for our march to the match.
We embarked toward the northeast entrance of BoCS, pausing intermittently to celebrate with alternating chants. Jaws dropped and eyed glistened as we crossed the threshold and bore witness to our beautiful new home.
We hurried along to sample food, explore the suites and, most importantly, take our position in The North End.
Our capos took their positions and called out our first chant. “WE ARE LAFC!” echoed across the stadium at an impressive volume, despite our section only filling a quarter of our expected match-day capacity.
LAFC ensured our first experience in The North End was a memorable one with a great come-from-behind victory to end the long inaugural road trip.
The most memorable moment came at the 23rd minute when LAFC was down 2-0. The 3252 began to honor the memory of Tommy Mark by loudly chanting his name. Mark was former LAFC academy star who wore number 23 and notched the first LAFC hat trick against Carson academy. Just then The General Laurent Ciman hit an otherworldly free kick into the top left corner of the net. LAFC's number 23 scores as the clock reads 23, while the 3252 honors a former academy player who also donned 23, something special is happening with this club.
Congrats, LAFC. The 3252 can’t wait to welcome you home on Sunday.