A record replica of SoFi Stadium arrives in Legoland

Inglewood’s futuristic SoFi Stadium is considered an architectural masterpiece.

Now the structural marvel has been reproduced in miniature form. A Lego model of the stadium — where the Rams recently captured their first Super Bowl title in the LA area — will be unveiled to the public on Thursday at the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad. But don’t call it small.

While it will tie in with the park’s Miniland USA attraction, park officials say the model is truly massive — earning the title as the largest Lego stadium in the world. It will be the first addition to Miniland USA in two years.

The structure is made of about half a million Lego bricks, according to park officials, and is 30 feet long, 15 feet wide and 1.20 feet high.

It took 25 professional modellers over 6,000 hours to build, and the details are meticulous. Geometric trees line the outside and concession stands are nestled inside, according to a spotlight on the replica on CBS.

Shared by the NFL’s Rams and Chargers, the actual stadium is located on a 298-acre site in Inglewood, formerly home to the Hollywood Park racetrack. It is considered the most modern and expensive stadium in NFL history, with a first-stage price tag of $5 billion and a footprint about a third larger than the USC campus, The Times reported last year.

Within the indoor-outdoor structure is the NFL Media complex and a futuristic stadium with a translucent translucent roof, sides that open to the coastal breeze, and a playing surface 30 feet below street level. The stadium officially opened in September 2020, but didn’t really lift the curtain until a year later when the Rams opened the 2021 season against the Chicago Bears.

The stadium’s roof is lined with ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE, a strong, translucent plastic that shade fans.

The Lego version of the stadium’s eye-catching roof required approximately 3,500 pounds of Lego. Park officials describe it in a statement as “the most striking feature of the structure.”

Legoland officials said the model arrived in more than 60 pieces and was assembled at the park, about a half hour north of San Diego and an hour south of Anaheim.

More than a dozen members of the park’s model shopping team completed the final installation of the model, which took place over the course of four days, park representatives said.

At the stadium, model makers have recreated LA Ram’s starting roster for Super Bowl LVI, which they won against the Cincinnati Bengals in mid-February.

The scene will feature “Minilanders,” or Lego versions, of this year’s Super Bowl championship team, park officials said. There will also be an “audience” of 3,000 Lego people inside.

“Don’t be surprised if a famous Minilander musician appears as well,” park officials said in a press release.

The structure will be displayed in Lego form alongside other iconic Southern California attractions, including models from the Griffith Park Observatory, Hollywood Bowl and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Aaron Donald, defensive tackle for the Rams, and members of the team’s cheerleading squad, will visit the park for the opening festivities, park officials said.

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