Consensus Growing For Chargers And Rams To Share A Stadium In Inglewood, L.A
by 11 January 2016, 4:36 PM
Officials and owners around the NFL are optimistic that a proposal to get the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers to share a stadium in Inglewood is very possible. The Oakland Raiders, who were in L.A from 1982-1984, are also in the mix as a potential team to land in the country’s second largest market, although it is believed several team owners don’t feel good about the reunion. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a 48-page report on Saturday to all franchises saying that the three home markets, Oakland, San Diego and St. Louis, all failed to produce adequate stadium plans.
NFL owners will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Houston to discuss the possibilities and placement of a team in Los Angeles. Three-quarters of owners, 24, must approve any franchise relocation. It’s been a big priority for the league to get this done quickly, especially if the teams want to start playing in Inglewood by the fall. For both teams to utilize the same stadium, the building must be gigantic which will take a lot of money to build. The project is expected to cost around 2 billion dollars according to NFL insiders; that would be the leagues largest arena in all of the country.
If the NFL is committed to making LA a two-team market, these teams moving to LA makes the most sense.
The Chargers are clearly done playing in San Diego, and Rams owner Stan Kroenke already owns land in Inglewood for that stadium proposal. If these teams move, there would be no need for divisional realignment, which likely would occur if the Raiders and Chargers end up in Carson.
The Raiders still have no proposed new stadium in Oakland. They can use the next several years to either build one in the Bay Area, or potentially move to St. Louis or another city with a football stadium.
In any case, it would be nice to see the Raiders remain in the Oakland/Alameda County area, and the Rams return to LA. It hurts many Charger fans to see them Bolt north, but there seems to be no alternative in San Diego.