While two contenders have been gearing up for a couple years now, billionaire Stan Kroenke announced he also is interested in establishing his NFL franchise in Los Angeles.
Stan Kroenke, billionaire known for owning majority of Arsenal FC and the St Louis Rams of the NFL, announced he plans on building an 80,000-capacity stadium in Los Angeles. The venue would be located in Inglewood and already an early rendering by HKS Architects was released, presented below.
Kroenke’s investment would be entirely private, which plays crucial role in gathering support in Los Angeles. The businessman already acquired 60 acres of land (24 hectares) in Inglewood last year. That alone would not be enough to fit the stadium with its surrounding uses, but Kroenke entered partnership with Stockbridge, owners of the 238-acre (96-hectare) Hollywood Park. This way both partners can completely turn Inglewood’s heart around, for which they already have mayor’s support.
The bid would see St. Louis Rams abandon their current home, Edward Jones Dome, which is currently subject to argument between the club and city authorities of St. Louis. Though relatively modern, the stadium requires big investment to keep up with modern NFL venues.
Whether Kroenke will be able to relocate his team to Los Angeles is still uncertain. There are already two bidders hoping to secure a franchise. The Anschutz Entertainment Group hopes to have a stadium in strict downtown, right beside Staples Center.
Meanwhile Edward P. Roski hopes to bring the franchise to City of Industry, east of the heart of LA. All three locations are indicated below, while renderings of Farmers Field (downtown) and Los Angeles Stadium (City of Industry) are presented under the map.