Have you heard of the Los Angeles Stadium? Maybe it sounds right to you, but nothing comes to mind when you start thinking about what is there or where it is located in Los Angeles. Well if you haven’t heard of the LA Stadium, I have some information for you. From why it was thought up to why it was rendered obsolete, though not yet officially withdrawn, I am going to walk you through the genius of the LA Stadium as well as why it was never set to work out well.
- It was meant to be a football stadium. When you think of Los Angeles, what football team is located there? Can’t think of one? That is because until very recently, there was not a football team in the area, a tragedy really considering the comfortable climate as well as the high population. You would think that Los Angeles would have already had an NFL team, but this has not been the case. The idea came about from Edward P. Roski, who is a part-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings, with the intent that “if you build it, they will come.” Having a place for football would be good before trying to attract a team to move there.
- The Los Angeles area has been without a NFL team since 1995 when the Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis. The Rams have been in St. Louis since, but announced in 2016 that they were moving back to Los Angeles in fall 2016. St. Louis, for its part, had been without a team since 1988 when the Cardinals moved to Arizona. While it was a mere seven years for St. Louis to get a new NFL team, it took 21 years for LA to get a team again, and it was a team they had already had.
- It was meant to be a centerpiece. Situated on a 600-acre complex, the LA Stadium would have seated 75,000 fans with 25,000 parking spaces. The idea was that it would bring in an additional $400 million a year to local LA businesses as well as creating over 18,000 jobs. It would also have supplied a multiuse location that could be utilized for concerts, soccer matches, and other events when football was not in full swing. There are a number of successful multiuse venues in the LA area, but considering it is the second-largest metropolitan area in the United States, it would not be a terrible idea to have another place to host events as well as hosting football games.
- The idea has not been officially killed yet. The proposal for the LA Stadium has not been officially withdrawn, but it is certainly not going to be built in the near future if ever at all. The problem was that when the Rams agreed to move back to Los Angeles, their new proposal for moving back involved constructing the City of Champions Stadium in Inglewood. This new stadium proposal was fully approved by all of the regulatory authorities, but it has been sitting dormant since 2011 since there was never a team willing to move into the proposed Inglewood stadium.
- The new district was going to be named Grand Crossing. If the LA Stadium proposal had been successful, the new district it would have been located in was set to be called the Grand Crossing, California. Considering the immense size the stadium was set to be, it would be sure to have had its own neighborhood in the LA area.