About 85 miles south of Procore’s Carpinteria, California headquarters, one of the most monumental stadiums ever built now stands as a new Los Angeles landmark. The SoFi Stadium serves as the home for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers and is unlike any of its kind. With a seating capacity of over 80,000 seats, it ranks as both the largest stadium in the NFL by floor area and as the most expensive sports arena ever built. Some have dubbed it the “NFL Disney World” due to its unparalleled scale. The stadium plans to host events including the Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the College Football Championship Game in 2023, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2028.
I was recently invited, along with my son Henry, to visit the 3.1 million square-foot stadium with Timothy Coffey, CEO of TEC Constructors & Engineers—part of the Prime General Contractor’s team and a Procore customer. The experience was profound, and it wasn’t solely due to the project’s exceptional scale, groundbreaking features, or cutting-edge design. Standing in the stadium, I was transported back nearly two decades ago when Procore’s journey began. I couldn’t help but reflect on, and be humbled by, how far Procore and the industry have come since then.
I’ve always been passionate about building things, and I’ve equally been drawn to the technology that makes it all possible. When I was a student, I worked in a cabinet shop and on construction jobsites. Later in my career, immersed in the Silicon Valley 1990s technology boom, I was inspired to found my first technology startup. There, I learned firsthand the impact digital transformation could have on different industries.
Fast forward to 18 years later when I started building my own home. I was shocked to discover that, despite the sweeping impact of technology across most sectors, the construction industry had been left behind. There weren’t any construction management solutions on the market that were satisfactory, and I knew I wasn’t the only one searching for a streamlined, easy-to-use solution.
So I decided to create it.
Initially, I started Procore to help build my home, based on my steadfast belief that technology can improve the lives of everyone in construction. I’m humbled to see that now, it’s helping build a much larger home—that of the Rams and the Chargers.
Whether Procore is being used to build a new home or a multi-billion dollar stadium, at the end of the day, our industry builds the places where people connect with each other. The SoFi stadium was built with the purpose of bringing coaches, players, and fans together to make history. It was built as a place for communities to gather and legacies to be born.
One such legend will be joining Procore this month for an engaging discussion on what it takes to build a legacy, both on and off the field. I’m excited to share that NFL Hall of Fame Coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs will join Procore in a virtual fireside chat to talk about how he built winning teams and made history in the NFL. Gibbs will discuss the fundamentals for running a winning team, leadership, and share lessons learned throughout his career. The event will be on October 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PT.
Register now and you’ll be entered to win one of five autographed footballs signed by Joe Gibbs.