The opening of the new home of both the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams has been pushed back to 2020 because of construction delays.
Heavy rain has hampered building work on the 70,000-seat stadium and 300-acre entertainment district being built on the site of the legendary Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, CA.
The development team broke ground last November and the stadium bowl is now 90ft deep and fully excavated, with six million cubic yards of dirt removed across the site. A statement from the development team said:
Unfortunately, Southern California experienced record-setting rain this winter. Despite bringing drought relief to the region, the rain fell during the mass excavation period of construction when no other work could proceed in wet conditions. As a result, we experienced significant delays and lost the better part of two months from early January into the beginning of March.
In the best interest of the project, we have decided to move the opening date to summer of 2020. This new target gives us flexibility to accommodate any additional delays that may arise while still delivering an unparalleled experience upon opening. This is a stadium that Angelenos, visitors and world-class athletes will celebrate for years to come, and we are committed to making sure this venue is exceptional from the day it opens.
The development team said it felt it best to make the decision now, early in the process, to cause the least amount of disruption to fans, partners and the community later on. It added:
We will open the stadium with entertainment and sporting events leading into a full slate of home games for both the Rams and Chargers.
Our promise is to deliver a transformational district that represents a merger of sports, entertainment and real estate that is unparalleled. We owe it to NFL fans, partners of the project, the cities of Inglewood and Los Angeles, and the NFL to get this right.
The Chargers confirmed that they will now play at the 30,000-seat StubHub Center in Carson, California through until 2019, while the Rams will play at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.