The project to get SoFi Stadium in Southern California completed in time for the 2020 NFL season could have taken a major hit on Saturday. According to this report from Sports Illustrated, a construction worker at the site in Inglewood has tested positive for COVID-19.
This is no small thing. California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order back on March 19. This included the entire state outside of those deemed essential in the workforce. That initially included the project to build the new stadium for both the Chargers and Rams.
Turner AECOM Hunt, a firm that’s running point as a general contractor for stadium construction, already sent non-essential workers home when Governor Newsom gave his order. The firm said that construction would shut down altogether if conditions deteriorated. That might now be the case.
SoFi Stadium was slated to open last season. However, issues with weather and other factors delayed its opening. The 2020 season now might be in question as it relates to opening the multi-billion dollar venue.
This also comes after a construction worker at the Las Vegas Raiders’ new stadium tested positive for COVID-19. Construction has continued on that site.
Our thoughts obviously go out to the two workers who tested positive for COVID-19. That can’t be lost in reporting this story.