Francis Taylor, Asst. Editor
On Sunday, January 27, 2019, the Los Angeles Rams hosted a Super Bowl send off party for tens of thousands of local fans at the site of the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, or LASED (short for Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District]). It will be an open-air ETFE-roof-covered stadium and entertainment complex district that is under construction on Prairie Avenue.
Planned to open in 2020, the stadium will serve as the home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). It is also scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022 and the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2023. During the 2028 Summer Olympics, the stadium is expected to host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as soccer. Archery will be held on the grounds outside the stadium.
On January 5, 2015, Stockbridge Capital, the owners of the Hollywood Park Land Company, announced that it had partnered with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment to add the northern 60-acre parcel to the rest of the development project and build a multi-purpose 70,240-seat stadium designed for the NFL.
The project will include the stadium of up to 100,240 seats (including standing room-only seats) and a performance entertainment venue of up to 6,000 seats while reconfiguring the previously approved Hollywood Park plan for up to 900,000 square feet of retail, 800,000 square feet of office space, 2,500 new residential and condo units, a 300-room luxury hotel and 25 acres of public parks, playgrounds, open space, a lake and pedestrian, bicycle and mass-transit access for future services. The stadium would be ready by 2019. On February 24, 2015, the Inglewood City Council approved the stadium plan and the initiative with construction on the stadium planned to begin in December 2015.
The NFL approved the Inglewood proposal and the Rams’ relocation back to Los Angeles, 30–2, on January 12, 2016. On July 14, 2016, it was announced that Turner Construction and AECOM would oversee construction of the stadium.
The NFL announced that NFL Media will add 200,000 square feet of space to the LA Stadium campus and move from its current facility in Culver City around 2021. In addition to office and studio space, the new facility also will feature NFL Media’s first outdoor studio and studio space to host live audiences.
The stadium is being built privately, but the developer is seeking significant tax breaks from Inglewood.
The cost of the stadium project was originally estimated to be approximately $2.66 billion upon the commencement of construction. However, internal league documents produced by the NFL in March 2018 indicated a need to raise the debt ceiling for the facility to a total of $4.963 billion, making it one of the most expensive venues ever built.