LOS ANGELES—The St. Louis Rams will bid farewell to Missouri as they head West for Los Angeles. NFL owners voted on Tuesday, January 12 in Houston, Texas to allow the Rams to relocate to Los Angeles with a new stadium. Rams owner Stan Kroenke will be building the $1.8 billion facility. The Rams were originally in Los Angeles from 1946-1994. The new facility is not expected to be completed until 2019.
The San Diego Chargers will have the option to relocate to Los Angeles as well and share the new facility. The Oakland Raiders were also in contention to relocate, but that is dependent on rather the Chargers decide to move or not. The Rams new stadium will be located in Inglewood close to The Forum.
San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos has until January 2017 to decide if he will use his option to join the Rams owner Stan Kroenke as a partner or tenant for the new facility that will open in 2019. If Spanos decides not to exercise that option, Raiders owner Mark Davis will have the opportunity to that one-year option once Spanos’ expires.
“Relocation is a painful process. It’s painful for the fans, for the communities, for the league in general,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell. “In some ways a bittersweet moment, because we were unable to get the kind of facilities done we wanted in their markets.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released the following statement in response to the news: “Today, with the NFL returning home, Los Angeles cements itself as the epicenter of the sports world. We cannot wait to welcome the Rams, and perhaps others soon, as they join a storied lineup of professional franchises, collegiate powerhouses, and sports media companies. With the return of the NFL, there is yet another another reason for visitors to come to Los Angeles, and for Angelenos to love calling this city home. I look forward to seeing the players out on the field.”
The Los Angeles Coliseum will act as the temporary home for the Rams until the new stadium is completed. The NFL is offering $100 million to both the Chargers and Raiders to help build their facilities in both of their markets.