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Inglewood Approves $2 Billion Development Plan for LA Football Stadium
You might only know Inglewood as a city name-checked in Tupac’s “California Love.” If you’re old enough, you may even remember it as the LA neighborhood that housed the Lakers and the Forum prior to their move to Staples Center downtown. But now, thanks to a few parties, we could begin to know it as the home of a future LA football team. Yesterday, the city approved a development plan that outlined $2 billion of new construction for a mixed-use complex, including, of course, a big-ass football stadium.
The man behind the plan is Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who seems to be the most likely candidate to pack up and move his team to LA, despite other threats made early last week by the Chargers and Raiders. He bought the land a few months back, so this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but it may have been accelerated due to the increased competition of other team to land in LA.
What does this approval mean? It means that the Rams have more traction than any other team did in moving to the now-abandoned Farmers Field site in downtown LA. However, there’s still a lot more to be done before realizing an LA football team in the next few seasons. The league needs to approve a relocation. The Rams will need to find a home in LA for a couple seasons (the Rose Bowl, most likely). And the larger city and county authorities need to sign off on the plan, its impact, and the construction.
It’s a long road, but it appears the LA football lottery is leaning slightly in the Rams’ favor at the moment.