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Chargers and Raiders Announce Joint Plan for $1.7 Billion Stadium in Los Angeles (Video)
Los Angeles has been without an NFL franchise since 1995. Now not one but three teams are vying to relocate there.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke threw down the gauntlet in January when he announced a plan to build an 80,000-seat stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood. On Thursday, the Chargers and Raiders picked that gauntlet up and slapped Kroenke in the face with it by announcing their own $1.7 billion plan for a joint stadium in Carson.
The proposed stadium in Carson is less ambitious than the proposed stadium in Inglewood. There would be no shopping mall, no 6,000-seat amphitheater, and the stadium would only have between 68,000-72,000 seats. But the Carson stadium would come with two NFL teams. And more is always better, right?
Interestingly, the Chargers and Raiders have both said that they prefer to stay where they are. However, both also “need” new stadiums and have been trying for years to get their local governments to commit public money to the project. So both have floated the possibility of relocating to Los Angeles in order to put pressure on folks in San Diego and Oakland. Hell, this is why the NFL has been content not to have a team in L.A. all these years. It’s helped their billionaire owners extort local governments all over the country into building them stadiums that will make them even richer.
Kroenke has been doing the same thing in St. Louis. Unhappy with the Edward Jones Dome, he’s been asking the city to build him a new stadium for years. Finally, after initial talks fell through last year, Kroenke revealed his Inglewood plan in January—without explicitly mentioning the Rams as a possible tenant.
On the surface, you would think the Rams have a leg up on the Chargers and Raiders in the race back to Los Angeles. Kroenke has made absolutely no mention of wanting to keep the Rams in St. Louis. Moreover, he announced his plan first and it’s a lot fancier.
The irony, though, is that the teams that don’t want to relocate to L.A. might be the most likely teams to go there. And that’s because, unlike their counterparts in San Diego and Oakland, civic leaders in Missouri are working feverishly to build the Rams a new stadium. They’ve got a plot of land all picked out, they’ve got artist renderings, they’ve got deals in place with labor unions, and they’ve got a financing plan. All they need is approval from the government and a commitment from the NFL.
So the shared stadium proposal from the Chargers and Raiders? It could actually happen.
Hat Tip – [Los Angeles Times]