Sleek new designs have been released for the proposed NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area, which include simulated lightning bolts for the San Diego Chargers and a flame honouring late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, as the Associated Press reported on Friday.
The thoroughly revamped plans for the US$1.7bn joint stadium proposal by the two teams came just two months after the project and an initial set of designs were first announced and two days after it received approval from the Carson City Council.
The designs were presented to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league’s committee on possibly relocating a team to greater Los Angeles.
The flowing, metallic modern stadium design features a horseshoe-shaped seating arrangement that is open on one end.
David Manica, President of MANICA Architecture, the practice behind the stadium designs, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times:
We wanted the building to be iconic and sleek, like a luxury sports car. Very aerodynamic, in motion, flowing lines from every angle.
Its primary feature is a tower about 120ft-tall, which will emit lightning bolts during Chargers games and a flaming cauldron in Davis’s honour during Raiders games. The architects say it can also become a Lombardi Trophy if the venue hosts a Super Bowl.
The tower is one of several stadium elements that will transform based on which team is playing, including the colour of the seats, confirmed Manica.
It also features a multi-level high-rise of suites on one side.
But not every element is ultra-modern. It also features a peristyle on one end that echoes the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, former home of the Raiders and Rams, and the most storied football venue in the LA area.
Manica – who previously worked for the firm that designed the Texans’ stadium in Houston and remodelled the Miami Dolphins’ stadium – added:
Ownership really wants to celebrate the history and enthusiasm of football in Los Angeles.
Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani said in a statement that the “new LA stadium vision is the result of two months of close collaboration between the Raiders and Chargers.”
As we reported last week, Carson City Council unanimously approved the project last Tuesday, leaving the next move in the hands of the teams and the NFL.
Images courtesy: MANICA Architecture