By Alexandria Waldron
The City of Angels has long awaited the return of a professional football team, and their prayers may soon be answered.
The National Football League reported last year that they hope to bring one or two teams to Los Angeles within the next few years, and the St. Louis Rams are at the top of the list.
Last January, Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased 60 acres of land in Inglewood. This purchase sparked a serious conversation of the Rams possibly returning to their original home.
The Los Angeles Rams were the first professional football team to play in the greater L.A. area, beginning in 1946.
The team relocated to St. Louis, Missouri in 1994, due to stadium complications. No teams currently represent the city.
Although the Oakland Raiders also called L.A. their home, their legacy was brief.
They moved back to Oakland in 1994. With both L.A. teams relocating in the early 90s, the city has been without a professional football team for over 20 years.
The Rams’ lease with their current stadium, the Edward Jones Dome, will change to a year-to-year lease deal if the owner nullifies the current lease after the 2014-15 season.
So without any financial drawbacks, the Rams could easily pack up and head out west.
L.A. currently has two stadium proposals awaiting a professional sports team: The Grand Crossing in City of Industry, and Farmers Field in Downtown L.A.
Either field would be a considerably better stadium for the Rams to call home.
Unfortunately, the Rams aren’t the only football team considering a move to L.A.
The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have also shown interest in relocating when their stadium leases are up.
It might be an easier move for either of the current California teams, but seeing the Rams back in L.A. would be much more satisfying.
According to NFL regulations, 24 out of the 32 team owners must vote in favor of a team’s relocation.
Thankfully, nobody has any doubts that the Rams would be granted the permission to move to L.A.
The City of St. Louis has expressed heavy interest in trying to keep the Rams, and have constructed plans for a new open-air stadium.
The only problem is that these plans seem too far from completion, while things in L.A. are moving rapidly.
As for the Rams fans in St. Louis, none seem to be too upset about their team leaving.
The NFL announced last month that there will be no team relocating to L.A. for the 2015 season. This caused the Raiders to add a one-year extension to their contract and the Chargers to continue their lease, while Kroenke announced he will be building a stadium in L.A. this year on his land. Whether the league will allow the Rams to move is still up in the air.
Los Angeles is desperate for a professional football team. With two stadiums in the works for the next two years, our dreams are almost a reality.
As upset as we might have been, Rams fans would enjoy nothing more than to rekindle an old flame in a new stadium.
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