Rams stadium to open a year later than expected due to rain

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

The NFL stadium being built for the Rams and Chargers in Inglewood will be delayed one year, it was reported Thursday.

As a result of the delay, the Rams will continue playing at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Chargers will remain at StubHub Center in Carson through the 2019 National Football League season.

Koger also said the original construction schedule was "very aggressive" to begin with, leaving little leeway for the unexpected.

"The Rams were planning to roll out a redesign of their new uniforms for 2019, in line with the opening of their new stadium".

Pushing back the construction a full year also means a year of potentially historic naming-rights revenues that will be lost.

The Rams, who returned to Los Angeles previous year after a two-decade stay in St. Louis, played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last season. National Football League rules - always subject to change - stipulate that a stadium can not play host to a Super Bowl in its inaugural season.

In March, the Chargers announced season tickets sold out for the 30,000-seat StubHub Center, which is a soccer stadium and has less than half the capacity of their San Diego home, Qualcomm Stadium.

It's not a huge deal, per se, but both teams just took a pretty big hit when it comes to generating excitement over the opening of a shiny new stadium.

More pressing, however, is how this will affect the prospects of Super Bowl 55 being played at the stadium in February 2021.

The Rams, on the other hand, will continue to play their games at the Coliseum through 2019.

In terms of the current state of the stadium's construction site, the Rams noted that "the stadium bowl is 90 feet deep and fully excavated".

The stadium will be the focal point of a mixed-use entertainment district that will include a 300-room hotel, retail and office space, and a 6,000-seat performance venue. Per NFL rules, the Rams will probably have to play another global game in 2019 because they will continue to play out of a temporary stadium. "And there was a time, at the peak of it, that we had 12 to 15 feet of water in the hole".

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