The Los Angeles Rams could break ground on their new Inglewood stadium next week, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Located at the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack, the stadium–which, for now, is billed as City of Champions Stadium–is expected to anchor a large NFL-themed entertainment complex. The stadium’s opening has long been slated for 2019, and the NFL has already moved forward with plans to play Super Bowl LV at the facility in 2021.
Although infrastructure work and site preparation have been ongoing for a year and a half, the start of excavation will be the most visible sign of progress on the stadium. The structure will be sunk about 100 free into the ground and the excavated dirt used to level the entire site.
The 70,000-seat stadium and adjacent 6,000-seat performance venue will be covered by a sail-shaped roof that’s twice as big as the structure. The roof over the playing field will be made of a transparent material that’s as clear as a car windshield.
In recent weeks, developers have secured permits from Inglewood to excavate and grade the site.
For the time being, there is a possibility that the stadium will host multiple teams. The San Diego Chargers have an option to join the Rams at the stadium when it opens, and are mulling their next step after a measure for a new stadium/convention center in San Diego was rejected by voters.
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