The decision to bring a national football franchise to L.A. is expected within the next 30 days, bringing a halt to months of speculation. NFL owners will convene for a special meeting Jan. 12 and 13 in Houston and hopefully give a green light to build a stadium either in Inglewood or Carson.
The league will also decide which teams will relocate—the Rams, Raiders or Chargers. Two teams may be allowed to move. If approved, stadium construction can begin in Inglewood within a couple of weeks.
Regardless of whether the NFL approves an Inglewood stadium, however, St. Louis Rams’ owner and Inglewood Mayor James Butts have maintained the city will move ahead on its plans for an NFL level stadium and entertainment venue. Kroenke purchased 60 acres adjacent to the 238-acre site at Hollywood Park. The proposed stadium is expected to be an addition to an already planned mixed-use development. The project will include a hotel, housing, retail center, office space and parks.
Butts noted that even if the Rams do not come to the Inglewood site, the venue can be built to accommodate future World Cups, Olympics, award shows and other major events.
Construction for the mixed use project at the old Hollywood Park racetrack has been underway for months. Between 125 and 150 architects and engineers are working full-time on the design. Construction workers, contractors and consultants are finishing infrastructure work. In addition, tons of rubble remain on the site and will be used to pave roads and parking lots.
Sewers and storm drains have been installed, as well as 10,000 linear feet of underground piping for utilities. Trees have been removed and new locations designated for replanting. Only the Hollywood Park Casino remains, and will stay open for business until the new one is completed.
Meanwhile, site developers are working with the FAA to resolve a possible issue with the stadium’s design interfering with air navigation. They have an early January deadline in which to respond to the agency’s preliminary report. The issue is not expected to derail the project, developers say.