Return of the Greatest Show on Turf

By Enrique Cervantes

Los Angeles residents felt glimmers of hope and excitement when news broke on Jan. 5 about the owner of the St. Louis Rams planning a new stadium in L.A.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke had already made news earlier when he bought 60 acres of land near The Forum in Inglewood January 2014. With the news that a few teams were already plotting to make their way to L.A., it seemed like there was a clear winner.

Last year, however, no one took action and the rumors died down.

Now, Kroenke and the Stockbridge Capital Group, which owns the 238-acre site in Inglewood, are planning to build an 80,000-seat National Football League stadium.

This is the biggest news since developer Majestic Realty got environmental approval to construct a football stadium in the City of Industry, and AEG’s plan to build one next to the Staples Center and call it Farmers Field.

Even though NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said no team would move to L.A. in 2015, we began looking towards the future.

However, the way it seems, Kroenke is just trying to get St. Louis to raise whatever they were going to offer to keep the team in the Midwest.

On Friday, the city of St. Louis presented the Rams with the new plan for their stadium: no more domed roof and a new location. The new stadium would stand in the North Riverfront project in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway to the West would be visible in the background, adding to the magnificent view.

When looking at the two proposals, however, the one in L.A. seems to be the better offer. The proposed stadium in St. Louis only has seats for 64,000 people. That’s 16,000 less seats than the L.A. stadium. If Kroenke is thinking money, then the one in L.A. has bigger dividends in the long run.

It’s common knowledge that the Rams are unhappy with their Edward Jones Dome. While we haven’t seen any renderings for the L.A. stadium yet, it’s safe to assume that it’ll be huge. The newest stadium so far, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, can hold up to 75,000 people. L.A. would win that match.

L.A. deserves a football team. Its citizens have suffered with having losing hometown teams long enough. The Rams, one of the original teams in California, would be welcomed home with open arms.

Also, imagine having all four of the National Football Conference’s western division teams all within a few hours of each other. What better way to watch than in our own football stadium?

Enrique Cervantes

The Poly Post

Enrique Cervantes

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