Based on recently filed permits, excavation for a new Los Angeles Rams stadium in Inglewood could begin within the next few months.
The City of Inglewood has granted a permit for the site that clears the way for excavation to begin. Project officials expect that the process could begin within the next two to three months, though the FAA is reviewing the stadium proposal to ensure that the facility will not affect radar signals at Los Angeles International Airport.
As a whole, the vision for the Rams stadium and adjacent development in Inglewood is fairly broad. Spanning 298 acres, the project is currently estimated to cost $2.66 billion and be ready for the 2019 season. The stadium–which has temporarily been billed the City of Champions Stadium–will occupy the former site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack.
Though some site prep work has already taken place, the excavation will be a key step to the stadium, according to Hollywood Park Land Co. project manager Gerard McCallum III. More from the Los Angeles Times:
The structure is expected to be sunk at least 100 feet into the ground. Dirt from the excavation will be used to level the entire site. McCallum expects the process to take six to eight months.
The plan for the sprawling mixed-use project also includes hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space, retail and housing.
The old Hollywood Park Casino will probably be demolished in October, McCallum said. The grand opening of its replacement on the edge of the site is scheduled for later that month.
City of Champions Stadium has also been discussed as a possible home for the San Diego Chargers, as the Chargers have the option to join the Rams in Inglewood if they fails to secure a new stadium in San Diego. However, it remains to be seen if the Rams and Chargers truly desire that option.