LOS ANGELES—The NFL is looking for a temporary stadium to house one or two Los Angeles-area teams until a permanent stadium is constructed. The league hopes to secure a location to bring in teams as early as 2016.
The Los Angeles Times reported on June 25, the NFL began pursuing various stadiums throughout the Los Angeles region. The stadium locations range from Pasadena to Inglewood. The NFL Vice President of Corporate Development, Chris Hardart, confirmed with the Los Angeles Times that the organization has already begun sending out proposal requests to venues. Hardart stated, “It is part of the process and an effort to understand all of our options and have a well thought out plan if a team or teams were to be approved to relocate.”
He confirmed the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the Los Angeles Coliseum were two viable options that have received proposal requests. The two primary tenants of the stadiums, UCLA and USC respectively, could veto the proposals. Fox Sports reports that NFL Media reporter Albert Breer confirmed two more temporary stadium options: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, and StubHub Center in Carson.
Breer reported that negotiations with the venues are scheduled to begin over the next couple of months. There is also an upcoming NFL owners meeting focused on the Los Angeles teams. During the meetings, updates on the Inglewood and Carson stadium projects are expected.
The last time Los Angeles had a football team was in the 90s, with the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Raiders. The Rams relocated to St. Louis, while the Raiders moved to Oakland. Both organizations are currently looking to relocate back to the area. Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, is head of the Inglewood stadium project, which is expected to finish around 2018.
The Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers franchises banded together for the Carson stadium project, estimated to be completed in 2019. The two teams would share the Carson stadium.