Carson City Council has unanimously approved a privately financed stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.
The decision comes barely two months after the public announcement of the proposed US$1.7bn (€1.6bn) project, reported the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. The vote continued the proposal’s fast progress in the competition with a rival concept in Inglewood.
It took just eight days to collect more than 15,000 signatures in support of the ballot initiative.
“There are two things we need in California: rain … and football,” said Carson Mayor Albert Robles. “And football is coming to Carson.”
Representatives of the projects will provide an update on their progress Wednesday to a committee of NFL owners during a meeting in New York.
The new stadium would accommodate the proposed return of NFL American football franchises the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders and would be located in the city of Carson, approximately 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, and currently home to Major League Soccer (MLS) side L.A. Galaxy.
The plans have received support from both teams, who are currently experiencing difficulties in securing new stadiums in their home markets and have identified a relocation to a new facility in the Los Angeles area as a viable alternative.
The Carson project is the second new stadium development plan in the Los Angeles area to have been approved this year, with Inglewood City Council having unanimously voted to approve the development of a new 80,000-seat stadium; a project backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke. (Kroenke has linked up with Stockbridge Capital Group – owner of the 238-acre Hollywood Park racecourse site – for the ‘City of Champions Revitalisation Project’. The masterplan for the city of Inglewood in southwestern Los Angeles County foresees the development of the stadium and a 6,000-seat performance venue to add to significant retail, office, hotel and residential space on the site.)
The Raiders’ Coliseum is currently the only stadium in the US that doubles up as a venue for a Major League Baseball (MLB) and NFL team, with the Oakland Athletics also calling the facility ‘home’.
Source: NFL.com and SportBusiness.com
Los Angeles NFL Stadium: A New Home for the NFL in Carson, Los Angeles, CA
The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, rivals on the field, are moving forward together on a plan to build a US$1.7bn NFL stadium in Carson that they will share. The Chargers and Raiders will continue to seek public subsidies for new stadiums in their home markets, but they are developing a detailed proposal for a privately financed Los Angeles venue in the event they can’t get deals done in San Diego and Oakland by the end of this year, according to the teams.
“We’re thinking about the project as a 21st century, next-generation stadium,” said architect David Manica, noting that the venue and renderings are still in the early conceptual stages. “We want it to be the ultimate outdoor event experience, which includes both sports and entertainment. And we want it to be uniquely L.A.”
The projected capacity for the stadium is about 68,000, expandable to more than 72,000.
Manica, President of Manica Architecture, was formerly at HOK Sport, where he led the design of the Texans’ stadium, the renovation of the Miami Dolphins’ stadium, and the seating bowl of Wembley Stadium in London.
One early concept for Carson is clear seats that reflect the colour of the lights shining on them — the seats could be silver and black for Raiders games, and powder blue for Chargers games.
Image courtesy: MANICA Architecture