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Rams to break ground on new home

INGLEWOOD — Ground will be broken Nov. 17 for the most expensive NFL stadium ever built.

The Los Angeles Rams will hold a ceremony marking the start of construction on their $2.6 billion stadium, which will sit off West Century Boulevard on a plot of land that already features the brand-new Hollywood Park Casino.

Media reports from last week reveal that the 11 a.m. groundbreaking will be attended by Rams owner Stan Kroenke, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Inglewood Mayor James Butts.

Inglewood officials did not respond to phone messages or emails inquiring about the groundbreaking.

Last January, after the NFL announced the Rams would be moving to Inglewood, Butts told national media it was a “transformative moment” in the city’s history.

The venue, known as City of Champions Stadium, will be the NFL’s largest sporting arena in terms of square feet — 3.1 million — once it is complete. The stadium will seat 70,000 and have standing room for 27,000 spectators.

Vacant land near the Hollywood Park Casino and the former race track is being prepared for ground-breaking ceremonies Nov. 17 for the City of Champions Stadium that will become the home of the Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by McKenzie Jackson)
Vacant land near the Hollywood Park Casino and the former race track is being prepared for ground-breaking ceremonies Nov. 17 for the City of Champions Stadium that will become the home of the Los Angeles Rams.
(Photo by McKenzie Jackson)

The facility will have 275 luxury suites and three million square feet of usable space. Atop the multipurpose construction there will be a 19-acre transparent canopy, which will cover the stadium and parts of a surrounding mixed-use development.

The stadium will be the center of the 298-acre development what used to be the Hollywood Park racetrack. The mixed-use area will include a 6,000-seat performance venue, more than 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space, 2,500 homes, a 300-room hotel and 25 acres of parks.

The redeveloped Hollywood Park Casino opened last month, three years before the Rams will play their first game in a building that is scheduled to host Super Bowl LV and possibly the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The Rams currently play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the oldest NFL stadium in existence.

Work crews from Turner Construction Co. and AECOM construction firm have been clearing the land for the Rams’ future home and other City of Champions pieces for more than a year. The clearing included destroying and removing 2.2 million square feet of buildings and 11 miles of old, underground utilities.

On Nov. 13, the only structures visible to commuters driving by the site were the remains of the old Hollywood Park Casino, the new casino and its parking garage, a few smaller buildings and construction trailers. The structures were surrounded by a sea of dirt.

The groundbreaking will start the process of digging a 100-feet deep hole into the earth where the Rams stadium will sit. The excavated dirt will be used to level the entire site.

The stadium’s construction will provide more than 3,500 on-site construction jobs in Inglewood and over 10,000 jobs by the time building is finished.

Sunday afternoon drivers that had stopped to fill their vehicles at a gas station across the intersection from the construction site seemed ready for the sports complex to rise from the dirt.