With construction of a new 80,000-seat NFL stadium in Inglewood set to begin in December, the groundwork is already being laid at the location.
Crews imploded the historical Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood on Sunday. According to a local ABC affiliate in Southern California, the implosion was met by a number of L.A. Rams fans in anticipation that this location will serve as the team’s home at some point soon.
The Inglewood location, backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, is in direct competition with a two-team plan in Carson that features the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.
Both stadium plans are seen as viable options by the NFL, who should be receiving relocation paperwork from at least one team in January. At that point, the league will decide what plan to support.
Regardless of having to wait until January to file said paperwork, both stadium plans are already in motion. Following Inglewood’s city council voting to support the stadium plan and bypassing a city-wide vote earlier this year, construction is set for December. Carson’s city council also voted in support of the Raiders-Chargers joint plan, and construction is also set to start at some point later this year.
While the implosion of the Hollywood Park racetrack may not seem like a big deal, it’s the first concrete step in terms of building a NFL stadium at that location.
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