LA Rams finalize plan to train at school in Thousand Oaks
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Rams finalized a plan Wednesday to build their temporary training complex in suburban Thousand Oaks.
The Rams and California Lutheran University announced an agreement Wednesday for the NFL team to train at the school for at least the next two years. The site will be the team's headquarters during the regular season while it builds a permanent training complex, which is likely to be nearby.
''We are excited to partner with Cal Lutheran to use their exceptional campus as the temporary home for team facilities that will be outstanding for our players and football staff,'' said Kevin Demoff, the Rams' chief operating officer. ''The Rams look forward to becoming an integral part of the Cal Lutheran and Thousand Oaks communities as we establish our roots in Southern California.''
The Rams are installing two practice fields, a parking lot and temporary modular buildings containing their locker room and team offices on the northwest corner of the campus. The team can use the area for up to five years, and Cal Lutheran will keep the permanent facilities after the team moves.
''We are thrilled to be part of the return of the Rams and NFL football to Los Angeles,'' Cal Lutheran President Chris Kimball said. ''The Rams are investing in a major remaining part of our plans for the north campus and providing internships in a variety of fields to our students. It will be a great partnership.''
The training complex site is a key remaining piece in the move by the Rams, who are returning to Southern California from St. Louis after a 21-year absence. Earlier this month, the team essentially cleared out of its longtime training complex in Earth City, Missouri, for the move west.
The Rams will hold their offseason workouts starting next month in Oxnard, California, at a hotel complex used by the Dallas Cowboys for training camp. The team will hold organized team activities and minicamps at the Thousand Oaks complex starting in 2017.
The Rams haven't announced the site of their own training camp this year, but they are considering UC Irvine in Orange County.
Thousand Oaks is roughly 50 miles from the Coliseum in downtown Los Angeles. The Rams will play at the Coliseum for the next three seasons while their lavish new stadium is under construction in Inglewood, also nearly 50 miles from Thousand Oaks.
The Rams appear to be planning to build a permanent headquarters within a relatively short drive from owner Stan Kroenke's home in coastal Malibu, which is due south of Thousand Oaks beyond the Santa Monica Mountains. With the team's permanent home likely to be in the upscale towns around Thousand Oaks, players and team employees can look for housing in the area without worrying about long-distance commutes.
Cal Lutheran hosted the Cowboys' training camp from 1963-89.
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