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Los Angeles Stadium
at Hollywood Park
LASED
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Inglewood Stadium.png
Location Inglewood, California
Coordinates 33°57′12″N 118°20′21″W / 33.95345°N 118.3392°W / 33.95345; -118.3392Coordinates: 33°57′12″N 118°20′21″W / 33.95345°N 118.3392°W / 33.95345; -118.3392
Owner Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
Hollywood Park Land Company, LLC. (A joint venture of The Flesher Group and Stockbridge Capital)
City of Inglewood
Executive suites 69
Capacity 70,240[1] (expandable to 100,240)[2][3] for Super Bowls, Final Fours, FIFA World Cups, Summer Olympics and other major events.[4]
Acreage 298 acres (121 ha)
Surface Artificial turf
Construction
Broke ground November 17, 2016
Construction cost $4.963 billion (estimated)[5]
Architect HKS, Inc.
Project manager Legends Global Planning[6]
Structural engineer Walter P Moore Engineers and Consultants[7]
Services engineer Henderson Engineers, Inc.[8]
General contractor Turner/Hunt JV[9]
Tenants
Los Angeles Rams (NFL) (2020–; planned)
Los Angeles Chargers (NFL) (2020–; planned)
Inglewood is located in the US
Inglewood
Inglewood
Location in the United States
Inglewood is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Inglewood
Inglewood
Location in L.A. metro area

The Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, or LASED for short, also referred to as City of Champions Stadium,[11] is an open-air stadium and entertainment complex district under construction in Inglewood, California, United States. Formerly the site of Hollywood Park Racetrack, it is approximately three miles (5 km) from Los Angeles International Airport, and is located immediately south of The Forum.

Planned to open in 2020, the stadium will serve as the home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). It is also scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022 and the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2023. During the 2028 Summer Olympics, the stadium is expected to host the opening ceremony and soccer. Archery will be held on the grounds outside the stadium.

Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park will be the third stadium since the AFL–NFL merger to be shared by two NFL teams. MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, as was its predecessor, Giants Stadium. It will be the fourth facility in the Los Angeles area to host multiple teams from the same league as Staples Center is home to both of the city's National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, Stubhub Center which for a time hosted both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA of Major League Soccer, and Dodger Stadium which hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels from 1962 to 1965.

The stadium is a component of the City of Champions Revitalization Initiative, the working title of the development on the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack. Hollywood Park Casino opened on the lot in 2016, becoming the first establishment to open on the property on October 21.[12]

History[edit]

Hollywood Park Racetrack[edit]

The stadium site was previously home to Hollywood Park, later sold and referred to as Betfair Hollywood Park, which was a thoroughbred race course from 1938 until it was shut down for racing and training in December 2013. The casino remained open, containing a poker card room. Most of the complex was demolished in 2014 to make way for new construction with the rest demolished in late 2016 after the new Hollywood Park Casino was opened. The current stadium project was not the first stadium proposed for the site. The site was almost home to a NFL stadium two decades earlier. In May 1995 after the departure of the Rams for St. Louis, the National Football League teams approved by a 27-1 vote with two abstentions, a resolution supporting a plan to build a $200 million, privately financed stadium on property owned by Hollywood Park for the Los Angeles Raiders. Al Davis, who was then the Raiders owner balked and refused the deal over a stipulation that he would have had to accept a second team at the stadium.[13]

2014: Location discussions[edit]

On January 31, 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported that Stan Kroenke, owner of the St. Louis Rams, purchased a 60-acre parcel of land just north of the Hollywood Park site in an area that had been studied by the National Football League in the past and at one point attempted to purchase.[14] This set off immediate speculation as to what Kroenke's intentions were for the site: it was originally planned to be a Walmart Supercenter; however, in 2014, most of the speculation centered around the site as a possible stadium site or training facility for the Rams.[15] NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell represented that Kroenke informed the league of the purchase. As an NFL owner, any purchase of land in which a potential stadium could be built must be disclosed to the league. Speculation about the Rams' returning to their home of nearly fifty years had already been discussed when Kroenke was one of the finalists in bidding for ownership in the Los Angeles Dodgers, but speculation increased when the news broke that the Rams owner had a possible stadium site in hand.[16][17]

2015[edit]

2015 aerial view of former racetrack and complex site, with the Downtown Los Angeles skyline in background.

Nearly a year went by without a word from Kroenke about his intentions for the land, as he failed to ever address the St. Louis media, or the Hollywood Land Company, about what the site may be used for. There was, however, speculation about the future of the Rams franchise until it was reported that the National Football League would not be allowing any franchise relocation for the 2015 season.[18]

Construction and design[edit]

On January 5, 2015, Stokbridge Capital the owners of the Hollywood Park Land Company announced that it had partnered with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment to add the northern 60-acre parcel to the rest of the development project and build a multi-purpose 70,240-seat stadium designed for the NFL.[19] The project will include the stadium of up to 100,240 seats (including standing room-only seats) and a performance entertainment venue of up to 6,000 seats while reconfiguring the previously approved Hollywood Park plan for up to 900,000 square feet of retail, 800,000 square feet of office space, 2,500 new residential and condo units, a luxury 300-room hotel and 25 acres of public parks, playgrounds, open space, a lake and pedestrian, bicycle and mass-transit access. The stadium would be ready by 2019. On February 24, 2015, the Inglewood City Council approved the stadium plan and the initiative with construction on the stadium planned to begin in December 2015.[14][20]

On February 24, 2015, the Inglewood City Council approved plans with a 5–0 unanimous vote to combine the 60-acre plot of land with the larger Hollywood Park development and rezone the area to include sports and entertainment capabilities. This essentially cleared the way for developers to begin construction on the venue as planned in December 2015.[21][22][23]

It was also reported, in early February 2015, that "earth was being moved" and the site was being graded to be prepared for the construction that would begin later in the year.[24]

2016[edit]

2016 aerial view of the stadium construction site, adjacent to The Forum. The new Hollywood Park Casino is in the foreground.

The NFL approved the Inglewood proposal and the Rams' relocation back to Los Angeles, 30–2, on January 12, 2016. On July 14, 2016, it was announced that Turner Construction and AECOM would oversee construction of the stadium.[25]

On October 19, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) determined that a 110-foot-tall LB 44 rotary drill rig would not pose a hazard to air navigation, so it approved the first of several pieces of heavy equipment to be used during construction. The stadium design had been under review by the FAA for more than a year because of concerns about how the structure would interact with radar at nearby Los Angeles International Airport.[26] On December 16, 2016, it was reported in Sports Business Journal that the FAA had declined to issue permits for cranes needed to build the structure. “We’re not going to evaluate any crane applications until our concerns with the overall project are resolved,” said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.[27] The FAA had previously recommended building the stadium at another site due to the risks posed to LAX—echoing concerns raised by former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.[28]

The Rams held the groundbreaking construction ceremony at the future Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park site on November 17, 2016. The ceremony featured NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Rams' owner Stan Kroenke.[29][30]

On December 23, 2016, the FAA approved the large cranes to build the stadium.[31]

2017[edit]

September 2017 aerial view of the construction site

It was announced on May 18, 2017, that due to record rainfall in the area leading to construction holdups, the stadium completion and opening will be delayed until the 2020 NFL season.[32][33]

On August 8, 2017, the LA Stadium Premiere Center in Playa Vista, California opened as a place for suite buyers and season ticket holders to be able to preview the stadium. The center contains a massive replica model of the stadium which will include: ribbon-like LED high definition jumbotron and LED ribbon boards that go from the field to the ceiling, giving potential buyers a preview of what they can expect when the stadium opens.[34][35][36]


2018[edit]

The NFL announced that NFL Media will add 200,000 square feet of space to the LA Stadium campus and move in around 2021 from Culver City. In addition to office and studio space, the new facility also will feature NFL Media’s first outdoor studio and studio space to host live audiences.[37]

Funding[edit]

The stadium is being built privately, but the developer is seeking significant tax breaks from Inglewood.[38]

The cost of the stadium project was originally estimated to be approximately $2.66 billion upon the commencement of construction. However, internal league documents produced by the NFL in March 2018 indicated a need to raise the debt ceiling for the facility to a total of $4.963 billion, making it one of the most expensive venues ever built. Team owners were expected to vote and approve this new debt ceiling at a meeting that same month. [39]

Tenants and events[edit]

The Los Angeles Rams have committed to moving to the stadium, as NFL approval for their relocation was obtained on January 12, 2016. The approval also gave the San Diego Chargers the first option to relocate to Los Angeles and share the stadium with the Rams, conditioned on a negotiated lease agreement between the two teams. The option would have expired on January 15, 2017, at which time the Oakland Raiders would have acquired the same option.[40]

On January 29, 2016, the Rams and Chargers came to an agreement in principle to share the stadium. The Chargers would contribute a $200 million stadium loan from the NFL and personal seat license fees to the construction costs and would pay $1 per year in rent to the Rams.[41] The same day, Chargers chairman-CEO Dean Spanos announced the team would remain in San Diego for the 2016 NFL season, while continuing to work with local government on a new stadium.[42] Measure C (the Chargers stadium proposal) did not receive the requisite number of votes required for passage.

On January 12, 2017, the Chargers exercised their option and announced plans to relocate to Los Angeles for the 2017 season, making the Chargers the second tenant at the stadium and returning them to the market where they played their inaugural season in 1960.[43][44]

When the Rams and Chargers move into the stadium, projected for August 2020, it will mark the return of major professional sports to Inglewood for the first time since the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings left The Forum for Staples Center in May 1999.

2026 FIFA World Cup[edit]

A local host city bid organized of private business led by AEG and included the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District Commission (LA Stadium), LA Galaxy, LAFC, Rose Bowl Stadium among others submitted a bid for LA to be named as a host city during the 2026 tournament. LA city approved the bid to be a host city after the private business showed support and offered to pay costs.[45] The LA stadium was not selected as a bidding venue stadium for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid organizing committee left the stadium out of the bid book as unbuilt stadiums in the bidding process are deduction's in the bid evaluations. [46] The United Bid committee stated they would re-evaluate the stadium selection process and re-visit LA Stadium as their main option stadium in the Los Angeles Metro area in June 2020. [47] The American bid to host the World Cup was awarded on June 13th, 2018. [45]

2028 Summer Olympics[edit]

The Hollywood Park stadium is expected to host soccer matches during the 2028 Summer Olympics. Los Angeles organizers had also proposed that the stadium co-host the Games' ceremonies with Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with a dual-venue format.[48]

Other events[edit]

In addition to Rams and Chargers games, the stadium will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.[49] It was initially to host Super Bowl LV in 2021, but construction delays mentioned above have pushed back the Super Bowl hosting duties by one year (NFL owners voted to move Super Bowl LV to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida).

The stadium also allows other potential NFL opportunities on the complex such as an NFL retail store, an NFL Network studio, the NFL Honors ceremony, NFL Films premieres, other NFL-themed events, a West Coast wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and NFL-themed hotels.[50]

On November 1, 2017, it was announced that the stadium will host the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship.[51]

Entertainment district[edit]

The surrounding development around the stadium will include a new entertainment center with 8.5 million square feet (790,000 m2) for business parks and condominiums, it will also include a 6,000-seat music and theatre venue, ballrooms, indoor and outdoor room, a multiplex movie theater, a lake with a waterfall fountain, luxury hotels, high-scale restaurants and an open-air shopping center.[52] There will also be team stores for the Chargers and Rams.[50] The first new establishment to open service on the site was the new and modern Hollywood Park Casino, which opened on October 21, 2016.[12]

NFL Media Campus[edit]

The campus will become the new home of NFL Media which is currently based in Culver City, CA. The NFL will develop a 200,000 square foot space to house operations for hundreds of employees that work for NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone. It will also be the new site for the NFL Network headquarters. In addition to office and studio space, the facility also will feature NFL Media’s first outdoor studio and space to host studio audiences. The new NFL Media studio campus is expected to open by the summer of 2021.[37]

Defeated rival proposals[edit]

The Hollywood Park stadium project plan competed directly with a rival proposal. On February 19, 2015, the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers announced plans for a privately financed $1.85 billion stadium that the two teams would build in Carson, California if they were to move to the Los Angeles market. Both teams stated that they would continue to attempt to get stadiums built in their respective cities.[53]

On April 21, 2015, Carson City Council bypassed the option to put the stadium to a public vote and approved the plan 3–0.[54] The NFL approved the Rams' relocation on January 12, 2016, with 30 of the 32 owners voting their approval to relocate, effectively ending the Carson proposal.[55]

See also[edit]

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