ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- There is big news this morning that could impact the future of the Rams in St. Louis. The team`s owner, Stan Kroenke, is confirming that he plans to build an 80,000 seat NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area of Inglewood, according to the LA Times. It certainly raises questions about how much longer the Rams might be playing at The Edward Jones Dome.
Kroenke is planning to build the stadium on land right next to the forum where the Los Angeles Lakers formally played. He bought 60 acres adjacent to the forum one year ago. Now, the LA Times reports that Kroenke is joining forces with the owners of the former Hollywood Park horse racing track. That site is 238 acres and sits next to the 60 acres that Kroenke already owns.
In addition to the 80,000 seat stadium, a 6,000 seat performance venue would also be built. There is already a massive development of retail, office, hotel and residential space going on in the area.
Kroenke and the Rams can go to a year to year lease at The Dome later this month since a deal on major improvements hasn`t` been reached. The NFL has already confirmed that there won’t be any teams relocating in 2015 so the earliest anyone could move would be 2016.
Governor Nixon appointed former Anheuser-Busch President, Dave Peacock and Attorney Bob Blitz to oversee the effort to keep St. Louis an NFL city. A report on that effort will be released soon.
The LA Times says that the two sides are roughly $575 million dollars apart.
The new stadium could be ready by 2018 and a team could play in either the Rose Bowl or the Los Angeles Coliseum during construction.