Raiders, Chargers propose 'sleek' Carson stadium with 120-foot tower

Friday April 24th, 2015

The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders presented updated plans to the NFL for their approved Carson, Calif., stadium, a 'futuristic' building with a peristyle evoking the old Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. 

At the center of the design updates is a 120-foot tall tower that could metamorphose depending on the situation at hand. The tower would shoot "simulated lightening bolts," for instance, when the Chargers score a touchdown, according to the report. If the stadium were to host a Super Bowl, it would turn into a giant emblem of the Lombardi Trophy. 

"For Raiders games," the report said, "A flame would burn in the cauldron in honor of legendary team owner Al Davis."

The stadiums core concepts will focus on an 'open' and 'airy' design in order to help celebrate Los Angeles' football history, said David Manica, the president of the architecture firm designing the stadium. 

Manica has previously lead the design of the Houston's NRG Stadium, where the Texans play, and designed the seating bowl of London's Wembley Stadium. 

Carson council approves $1.7 billion NFL stadium for Raiders, Chargers

On Wednesday, the Carson City Council unanimously approved the $1.7 billion NFL stadium plan for a new facility that would be shared by the Chargers and the Raiders.

The Carson council's approval comes nearly two months after the Inglewood, Calif., city council approved a stadium proposal backed by Rams' owner Stan Kroenke.

The Times tweeted out a rendering of the new proposal. 

- Will Green

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