NFL looking at temporary venues in L.A. area for 2016 season
The NFL started issuing proposal requests to several Los Angeles area-venues in efforts of securing a temporary home for a team or teams next season in case a franchise relocates to the area, reports Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.
NFL vice president of corporate development Chris Hardart confirmed to the newspaper that the process of issuing requests has begun.
The league will look at venues such as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, according to the report.
UCLA and USC, who play home games at the Rose Bowl and Coliseum, respectively, can reject the league if they don’t want to share those venues with NFL teams.
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States and has been without an NFL franchise since 1995, when the Rams left nearby Anaheim for St. Louis and the Raiders relocated back to Oakland.
An Aug. 11 meeting is scheduled for the NFL owners to discuss the possibility of a team playing in Los Angeles next season.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke is moving forward with plans for a team in Los Angeles, after he bought 60 acres of land adjacent to the Forum and Hollywood Park in Inglewood last year and teamed up with Stockbridge Capital Group on plans to build a $1.86-billion, 80,000-seat NFL stadium. He hasn’t announced any plans to move the Rams.
The Carson, Calif., City Council unanimously approved a $1.7 billion NFL stadium plan, with the new facility to be shared by the San Diego Chargers and Raiders.
Meanwhile, the city of San Diego is in the process of scheduling a public vote in hopes of starting construction on proposed $1.4 billion stadium for the Chargers in the city’s Mission Valley area.
- Scooby Axson