Plot Thickens for NFL in LA
Add the Oakland Raiders and San Deigo Chargers to the list of teams trying to move to LA. The LA Times reported that the teams will jointly pursue constructing a $1.7B NFL stadium in Carson.(Remember when we told you about the Carson thing?) The Times also reports that both teams will continue to push for new stadiums in their current markets, but are eying the joint Carson plan as a backup if deals can't get done. Above is a look at the project, designed by MANICA Architecture.
This comes just as St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has been working to fast-track his proposal for Inglewood. The partnership with Stockbridge Capital Group, which owns the 238-acre Hollywood Park, would include an 80,000-seat stadium and performance venue. Stan bought the 60-acre parcel last year, which led many to speculate the NFL was coming back to LA in the first place. In addition, the NFL has announced its intent to bring the game back to LA. And if that wasn't enough drama, St. Louis has countered Stan with a $900M stadium (below) from a team created by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
As for the Chargers/Raiders proposal, the Times reports the teams are working with a local coalition to get the project on the 168-acre site moving. This is now the fourth major stadium proposal to begin working its way through the city process. Anschutz Entertainment has approval for its Farmers Field next to Staples Center, and Ed Roski (LA's wealthiest real estate mogul) has approval for a stadium in City of Industry.