The NFL seems on the verge of returning to Los Angeles, perhaps in time for the 2016 season. But first the league’s 32 owners have to decide which team or teams relocate here and what stadium they’ll call home.
MEIS rendering of proposed stadium in Mission Valley.
The Citizen’s Stadium Advisory Group in San Diego, appointed by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, released its promised plan for a new multi-use stadium in San Diego on Monday.
The plan is intended to offer a path to keeping the San Diego Chargers in town, although the Chargers are currently taking steps toward building a stadium in Carson.
The mayor’s committee reports that a multi-use stadium in Mission Valley is the most viable option — and estimates the cost at $1.1 billion, excluding land. The report also outlines $1.4 million in revenue streams, without increasing taxes.
“We developed a financing plan that would actually succeed in this unique San Diego environment, ensuring that it is fair for the Chargers and other tenants, fair for the City and County, and fair for taxpayers,” CSAG Chairman Adam Day said in a statement. “Our plan is the first of its kind, and it should jump-start negotiations between the Chargers, the City and the County. There now is a fair and workable path to a new stadium in San Diego.”
We are headed for a crazy finish, to say the least.
The good news is Los Angeles will soon have pro football back for the fist time in 20 years. Most likely by 2016.
What’s undecided is who the team — or teams — will be, exactly.
Last month it looked like it might be the St. Louis Rams after owner Stan Kroenke announced he was teaming with a California-based developer to build a football stadium on the site of the old Hollywood Park race track.
Back home in St. Louis, local leaders went into scramble mode to get a new stadium deal in place to keep the Rams in Missouri. But the Rams’ lukewarm reaction indicated a strong desire to bolt to L.A.
Welcome back, Rams.
Now we can’t be sure.
Kroenke didn’t exactly pull the trigger on a starter’s gun with the explosive bombshell he dropped, but he might as well have.