Wednesday, January 13, 2016

St. Louis Loses The Rams! San Diego May Lose The Chargers!

Los Angeles Rams logo
Los Angeles will get a football team. They will play in Inglewood, CA

It comes as no surprise that St. Louis isn't happy about this development. Mayor Francis Slay is really pissed about the NFL's decision to have the city's professional football team move back to Los Angeles. The Gateway to the West hosted the Rams for over 20 years. They had a somewhat good relationship until recently.

This departure stemmed from the city refusing to build a $4 billion dollar stadium. The city cites revenue cost and taxpayers refusal to pass levies to grant the leasing of a stadium.

In unanimous vote of 30-2, the NFL owners decided that time was now for Los Angeles to have a professional team. They decided St. Louis, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers

The move really shocked the fans and probably many around the St. Louis metro area.

Now the fears of San Diego losing their Chargers and Oakland losing their Raiders happen to surge in the news.
St. Louis was hoping to please the NFL by giving them a riverfront stadium. It failed.
The Los Angeles Times reported that St. Louis business executive Stan Kroenke and Stockbridge Capital Group were partnering up in developing a new NFL stadium on the Inglewood property owned by Kroenke. The project would include an 80,000-seat stadium and a 6,000-seat performance venue, while re-configuring the previously approved Hollywood Park plan for up to 890,000 square feet of retail, 780,000 square feet of office space, 2,500 new residential units, a 300-room hotel and 25 acres of public parks, playgrounds, open space and pedestrian and bicycle access. The stadium would likely be ready by 2019.

The Rams will relocate to the City of Champions Stadium in Inglewood, California.

In lieu of this, St. Louis countered with a stadium plan for the north riverfront area of downtown, with the hope of keeping the Rams franchise in the city. On February 24, 2015, the Inglewood City Council approved the stadium and the initiative with construction on the stadium planned to begin in December 2015.

The day following the conclusion of the 2015 regular season, the Rams, Raiders, and Chargers all filed to relocate to Los Angeles. The same day, the NFL announced that any franchise approved for relocation would need to pay a $550 million relocation fee.

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