St. Louis Rams Relocate To 3 Billion Dollar Stadium in Los Angeles
Charlie Blacks II January 13th 2016 Sports
Thats right! Theyre making their return to Los Angeles after a 21 year hiatus! The St. Louis Rams are now again the Los Angeles Rams. Over the past couple of years, it has been well documented that Los Angeles has been trying to acquire an NFL team but has been struggling with city officials and property owners on where exactly they can begin construction on a new state of the art stadium in order to attract team owners to the city. After failing to find a useable plot of land in Carson and downtown Los Angeles, city officials and Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, finally helped Inglewood become the home of the future stadium for the team. Whats even crazier is some of the layout proposals for the new stadium. When you guys get a chance, take a look at some of the layouts. The sky domes and fountains are only right to welcome back the once Los Angeles Rams. Anyway, lets get to some of the details of how this historic return all took place.
Tuesday night, January 12th, all of the NFL owners met in Houston and decided to ratify the St. Louis Rams proposal to relocate to Los Angeles, where the team will eventually play at the stadium site Stan Kroenke proposed in 2019. Not only is this a big move for the Rams, it is for the entire NFL, being that Los Angeles is the countrys second largest media market. Theres also further possibility that the San Diego Chargers may join the St. Louis Rams in Los Angeles, as the Chargers have a one year option to decide if they would like to hop on the moving bandwagon themselves. At one point the Raiders and the Chargers were working together on a combined stadium in Los Angeles but recently the Raiders withdrew their application to move and are hopeful to make stadium plans in the near future within the city of Oakland. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also dropped this bombshell on Tuesday night as well If the Raiders and Chargers remain in their hometown markets, the NFL will provide $100 million to both teams.
Heres the thing though this may be a win for Los Angeles, but this is a heartbreaking loss for the city of St. Louis. For all the Rams faithful in the Show Me state, we feel your pain. This is the second team St. Louis has lost, after the Cardinals moved to Phoenix right before the 1988 season began. St. Louis mayor, Francis Slay, released the following statement, The NFL ignored the facts, the loyalty of St. Louis fans, who supported the team through far more downs than ups, and the NFL ignored a strong market and viable plan for a new stadium." He also had some words for Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, and honestly we wouldnt mind watching if the two happen to cross paths in the near future. St. Louis fought hard to retain the franchise and even proposed a $1.1 billion stadium on the citys riverfront but Stan Kroenke was determined to return the Rams to Los Angeles.
This is great for Los Angeles because the city residents dont have to cough up a dime in taxes for the new stadium. Do billionaires really need the help of the average citizen when it comes to paying for entertainment purposes anyway? Besides the fact that the residents have to fill the seats of course, but with LA natives foaming at the mouth just at the thought of having another NFL team, we dont think thatll be hard at all. We do have some questions for next season though Should the Rams play at the Rose Bowl? Angels Stadium? The LA Coliseum? StubHub Center? Dodgers Stadium? So many options! Oh, and by the way, Alex Spanos, please keep the Chargers in San Diego, Los Angeles doesnt need the Clippers version of a football team in the new stadium.