A new joint $1.7 billion stadium plan in Carson, Calif. for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders is one step closer to a vote, as drafting of a ballot initiative is done and expected to be made to the public soon, reports the Los Angeles Times.
According to the report, lawyers are reviewing the language of the initiative. A group, Carson2gether, was formed to support the stadium plan, and needs 8,041 signatures to get the measure on the ballot.
If enough signatures are gained, the Carson City Council can approve the measure or it can be decided by a public vote.
The city of Inglewood recently allowed a vote to happen for a possible NFL stadium after getting enough petition signatures. The Inglewood city council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve construction of an 80,000-seat NFL stadium next to the Hollywood Park race track.
St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has already bought significant acreage in Inglewood across from Hollywood Park, which could include a 6,000-seat performance venue as well as retail, office, hotel and residential space.
The Hollywood Park Land Co. development group hopes to start construction by the end of this year to have the facility ready for the 2018 NFL season.
Meanwhile, officials in St. Louis and San Diego have said they are attempting to move forward with plans to build stadiums in their respective towns to avoid relocation to Los Angeles, which has not had an NFL team since the Raiders and Rams moved after the 1994 season.
- Scooby Axson