Lead Story Professional Sports West Edition

Media gets look at Inglewood stadium progress

INGLEWOOD — The L.A. Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park is a long way from being complete, but the reality of it being built was reinforced Jan. 3 when members of the media were given a view of the construction site.

“It is more than a stadium,” said Los Angeles Rams Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff. “This is going to be the next great project in Los Angeles. The stadium will be the epicenter of that. You talk about, hopefully, 50 events a year in the stadium, 50 events in the performance venue. … it’s amazing what [the] Forum has been able to do as a concert venue with their 60, 70 dates. You’re already looking at half a year of live sporting or entertainment events on this site. To me, the Super Bowl not being in Los Angeles since the early [19] 90s, that’s a travesty.”

Though the stadium is still in infancy stages, the development of the project, which will feature a full-blown National Football League stadium, a state-of-the art entertainment center, public parks, retail and dining spaces, is moving along at quite a brisk pace, according to developers.

The Rams just finished their second year back in Los Angeles and the Chargers just spent their first year playing in the cozy confines of the StubHub Center in Carson. Both teams are looking forward to their new modern home.

But the boon of the anticipated stadium is expected to be far-reaching in its impact on both the economic and social levels of Inglewood and the new stadium has already generated buzz from other sports other than the NFL.

Los Angeles Rams Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff donned a hard hat to tour the stadium site with media members Jan. 3. (Photo by Dennis J. Freeman)

Outside of being the home stadium for both the Rams and the Chargers, the LA Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park will host Super Bowl LVI, the College Football Championship Game in 2023, and become the hub of the 2028 Olympic Games. The stadium is expected to sit 70,000 people during NFL games, but could expand to hold up to 100,000 people. Besides the stadium and performance spots, the district allows individuals and families to enjoy 25 acres of parks and public places.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos said. “I was here a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been here a several times. … Just the change is incredible in a very short period of time. But to really do it justice, you really have to be here in person to see the size of this. This project is just like a city being built.”

For Spanos, the opening of the new stadium will come before you know it.

“2020 seems like a long ways away, but I think it’s going to go really quick,” Spanos said. “I know that the Rams and the Chargers are very excited. I think it’s going to be an incredible, iconic project when it’s done. As you saw in the presentations, it’s not just the stadium; there’s peripheral development of retail, commercial hotel(s), residential. It’s going to be an unbelievable center for not just Los Angeles, but for the world. This is truly an iconic thing that I think Inglewood, Los Angeles and the greater L.A. community will be proud of.”