Los Angeles Rams, Chargers new stadium opening delayed until 2020

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

As noted by Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times (via SportsBusiness Daily), the Rams may decide to delay the debut of their new uniforms by a year, coinciding with the opening of the stadium.

News of Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke delaying the opening of the Inglewood Stadium project until 2020 should be a welcome respite for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Kevin Demoff is the Rams' Chief Operating Officer and said the time could be made up eventually, but for now, they want to focus on getting the stadium right and not about rushing to finish. It will now open before the 2020 season. NFL rules say that a stadium can not host a Super Bowl in its inaugural season, and would need a waiver from the league to get around that.

The delay means the team will remain at the Coliseum for three more seasons.

The 70,000-seat stadium will be shared by the two teams that both relocated to the Los Angeles area in the previous 16 months.

At times, the stadium's excavation site was filled with as much as 10 to 12 feet of standing water, which needed to be drained before work could resume.

Alas, big plans don't go well with unwelcomed surprises, and the project got a big one when California saw record rainfall this winter season (the National Weather Service said that December was the wettest month in downtown L.A. in six years). It will also be home to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers will play with Los Angeles as their home city in 2017 for the first time since their inaugural season in 1960.

There's no indication one way or another how this will impact Los Angeles' ability to host any upcoming Super Bowls. The Rams moved to the Coliseum in 2016, while the Chargers are moving north from San Diego for the upcoming season.

"At StubHub Center we are creating an unparalleled environment for watching NFL football", said LA Chargers President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos.

The two teams that play there will lose, too.

The builders have dug out the 90-foot-deep stadium bowl and set the foundation for the bowl and its roof. At that point, the timeline for the new stadium's opening was in 2019.

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