Inglewood City Council Announce Day Three
Los Angeles Rams and LA Chargers Day 3 Draft Picks
On Saturday, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, and the entire city council, joined the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers as they announced their Day 3, rounds 4-6, of the NFL Draft at the construction site for the new Los Angeles Stadium, which will serve as home field for both teams starting in 2020.
As part of the draft festivities, the Chargers and Rams celebrated together with a variety of local communities inviting youth football players as well as local law enforcement and fire department personnel. The young players joined the Los Angeles Chargers 1st –Round Draft Pick Derwin James, on the podium to announce the Chargers pick.
As part of the Chargers ongoing commitment to youth sports, members of the youth tackle football COSTA MESA/NEWPORT CHARGERS, HUNTINGTON BEACH CHARGERS, IRVINE CHARGERS, AGOURA-OAK PARK CHARGERS, CARSON CHARGERS and INGLEWOOD CHARGERS will join the Chargers 2018 First Round draft pick to announce the team’s 4th Round selection (119th overall pick). The players will be wearing their jerseys holding their respective team’s helmets.
Announcing the first of three Rams 4th Round selections (111th overall pick) will be Mayor JAMES BUTTS, who is currently the 12th Mayor of the City of Inglewood. Butts has served the Los Angeles region for nearly four decades with experience in public safety, municipal government and education. He served as an Inglewood police officer for almost 20 years and eventually ranked as the Deputy Chief of Police before he became Chief of Police for the City of Santa Monica in 1991.
Mayor Butts was accompanied to the stage by the Inglewood City Council Members; George W. Dotson, Alex Padilla, Eloy Morales, Jr., and Ralph L. Franklin.
In addition to announcements by members of the Ventura County Fire Department, San Fernando Schools and the LACED Facts Academy, high school seniors from the Inglewood Unified School District made the announcement for the Rams 6th round. In partnership with IUSD and LA Promise Fund, the Rams have created a training camp internship program to expose students to career opportunities in professional sports. Beginning in July, the selected students will have the opportunity to work as part of the Rams organization during the team’s training camp at UC-Irvine.
Near the end of the announcements, Inglewood Police Officer Cinder Eller, Senior Community Affairs Liaison Officer for the IPD and the daughter of NFL Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller, announced the team’s 6th round pick.
The Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park (LASED) is transforming the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack to a year-round sports and entertainment destination. The LA Stadium and the centerpiece of the 298-acre sports and entertainment district, LA Stadium provides for a seating capacity of 70,000, expandable up to 100,000, with 260 luxury suites, more than 13,000 premium seats, and almost three million square feet of usable space. The project will include a 6,000-seat performance venue located under the same roof canopy as the stadium.
LA Stadium will be home field for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers starting in 2020. It will host year-round sports and entertainment events and has already secured Super Bowl LVI in February 2022, the College Football National Championship game in 2023 and the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the 2028 Olympic games.
Adjacent to the stadium and performance venue, the project anticipates an initial phase of more than 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space, 1,500 residences, a hotel and more than 20 acres of parks. The long-term plans offer the possibility of developing additional phases over time.
Mayor Butts expressed the sentiments of his fellow city council members as well as the residents who are looking forward to the completion of the new stadium, when asked what has changed in Inglewood, he replied, “everything has changed in Inglewood.