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City of Champions Stadium

Los Angeles Entertainment Center
Location Inglewood, California, United States
Coordinates ,
Owner Stan Kroenke
Stockbridge Capital
Capacity 80,000 (stadium), 6,000 (theater)
Surface Artificial turf
Construction
Broke ground December 2015 (planned)
Opened September 2018 (planned)[1]
Construction cost $1.86 billion
Architect HKS, Inc.

The City of Champions Revitilization Initiative is the working title of the development on the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack in the city of Inglewood in Southern California. On January 5, 2015, it was announced that Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams had partnered with Stockbridge Capital (owners of the Hollywood Park Land Company), to build an NFL stadium on the existing Hollywood Park development and on a parcel of land owned by Kroenke.[2][3] After collecting more than 20,000 petition signatures to allow for the rezoning of the proposed stadium site to allow for an NFL venue on the site, the Inglewood City Council approved the stadium with a unanimous 5–0 vote removing any possible legal obstacles clearing the way for the developers to break ground in December 2015. As of 2015, the stadium itself is under the name Los Angeles Entertainment Center, and is always part of the City of Champions Initiative.[4][5][6]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Hollywood Park Racetrack 1.1
    • Tenants and events 1.2
    • Stadium plan 1.3
    • Current status 1.4
    • Rival site 1.5
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

Hollywood Park Racetrack

Hollywood Park, later sold and referred to as Betfair Hollywood Park, was a thoroughbred race course until it was shut down for racing and training in December 2013. The casino still remains open, containing a poker card room located in Inglewood, California, about 3 miles (5 km) from Los Angeles International Airport and adjacent to the Forum. After closing, the racetrack was to be developed by the Hollywood Park Land Company (a subsidiary of Stockbridge Capital) into a mixed-use residential and commercial site while the casino would remain relatively untouched. As of May 31, 2015, the racetrack had been imploded.

Tenants and events

Currently, no National Football League (NFL) team has committed to moving to the unbuilt stadium, although it's been widely speculated that if a team were to relocate to the stadium, it would be the Rams (which Stan Kroenke owns); the Chargers (one of the three teams looking at Los Angeles along with the Raiders) have been mentioned as a possible co-tenant. It should be noted that any team moving to Los Angeles needs to have 24 of the 32 NFL owners (the Green Bay Packers are owned by shareholders) approve any type of move. In addition to NFL games, the stadium and surrounding development (which include office space, an NFL Network studio and NFL HQ for the league digital properties) around the site could host the NCAA Final Four, World Cup, Olympics, Super Bowl, the NFL Draft, International soccer friendlies, concerts, park activities, community events, award shows, the X Games, film, the NFL Network, the Pro Bowl, the NFL scouting combine among others.

To date no teams or events are committed to being a tenant or hosting an event in the stadium.

Stadium plan

In January 31, 2014, the Los Angeles Times began to report 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.[7] This set off immediate speculation as to what Kroenke's intentions were for the site: it was originally planned to be a Wal-Mart Supercenter, however, in 2014, most of the speculation centered around the site as possible stadium site or training facility for the Rams.[8] Commissioner Roger Goodell represented that Mr. 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 reached a fever pitch as soon as the news broke that the Rams owner had a possible stadium site in hand.[9][10]

Nearly a year went by without a word from Kroenke about his intentions for the land, or the Hollywood Land Company about what the site may be used for. There was, however, ceaseless speculation about the future of the Rams franchise until it was leaked that the National Football League would not be allowing any franchise relocation for the 2015 season.[11] On January 5, 2015, 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 80,000-seat stadium designed for the NFL.[12] The project will include the stadium of up to 80,000 seats and a performance venue of up to 6,000 seats while reconfiguring the previously approved Hollywood Park plan for up to 890,000 square feet of retail, 780,000 square feet of office space, 2,500 new residential units, a 300-room hotel and 25 acres of public parks, playgrounds, open space and pedestrian and bicycle access. The stadium would be ready by 2018. 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. [7][13]

Current status

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/Entertainment capabilities. This essentially cleared the way for developers to begin construction on the venue as planned in December 2015.[5][6][14]

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.[15] On March 12, 2015, a labor group sought to force a public vote for this stadium by either repelling the approved vote on the stadium or holding a special election in August or September 2015. On March 26, 2015, labor leaders and the developers announced that they had reached a deal on having union workers work on the stadium thus eliminating any possible major obstacle to the project and the stadium. On May 31, 2015, the grandstands of the Hollywood Park Racetrack were demolished through implosion.

Rival site

On February 19, 2015, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers announced plans for a privately-financed $1.7 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. On April 22, 2015, Carson City Council bypassed the option to put the stadium to a public vote and approved the plan 3-0. Any NFL team relocation would require 24 of the 32 owners to approve a team relocation.

See also

References

  1. ^ Wyche, Steve; Breer, Albert (June 26, 2015). "Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium among L.A. venue options".  
  2. ^ "Stockbridge | Hollywood Park Land Company announces plan to build world-class sports complex in Inglewood". Stockbridgerealestate.com. 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Owner of St. Louis Rams plans to build NFL stadium in Inglewood". LA Times. 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Inglewood council approves NFL stadium plan amid big community support". LA Times. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Inglewood Council Rams Through NFL Stadium Proposal | NBC Southern California". Nbclosangeles.com. 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Inglewood unanimously approves stadium plan at Hollywood Park | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  7. ^ a b "St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke buys 60 acres of land in Los Angeles". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  8. ^ "Will Stan Kroenke bring the Rams west?". Ocregister.com. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  9. ^ "Kroenke's Bid For Dodgers Implies Rams Are Headed To L.A.". Forbes. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  10. ^ "A return of L.A. Rams? Owner is said to buy possible stadium site - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  11. ^ Schwab, Frank (2014-12-20). "No NFL team moving to Los Angeles for 2015, report says | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  12. ^ Robert Campbell. "Text of the Measure - City of Champions Revitalization Project". Championsinitiative.com. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  13. ^ Brandie Piper (2014-01-31). "Report: Rams owner bought 60 acres of land in Calif". Ksdk.com. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  14. ^ Tim Logan; Angel Jennings; Nathan Fenno (February 24, 2015). "Inglewood council approves NFL stadium plan amid big community support". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Inglewood stadium construction begins, sort of | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 

External links

  • Official website
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