Opening of Inglewood stadium delayed until 2020

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The stadium, which will serve as the Rams' and Chargers' new LA home, will have its opening delayed to the start of the 2020 season after heavy rainfall in California.

Architect's rendering of the proposed City of Champions where the Rams - and maybe Chargers - will eventually play in 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood.

Kevin Demoff, Rams chief operating officer, said it's "paramount that this building is a world-class experience for fans from Day One".

"That it would be world class, it would be of the highest-quality, and it would be a game-changer in terms of the way stadiums and sports districts interact".

The Rams will probably play a fourth consecutive worldwide game in 2019, because National Football League rules mandate them for teams playing out of a temporary stadium. This caused the project, which is being built by Turner Construction and AECOM, to screech to a halt for two months. The development plan includes a 300-room hotel, hundreds of thousands of square feet for retail and offices, a 6,000-seat performance venue attached to the stadium and a residential area. Construction crews have already "removed six million cubic yards of dirt", per the Rams. One lost season will have a considerable ripple effect for LA and the NFL. The biggest loser is the proprietor of the property, since the delay will keep Rams owner Stan Kroenke from getting any return on the $2.6 billion investment (from Rams games, Chargers games, and other events) by a full year.

The transition to Los Angeles has been anything but smooth so far.

The former Hollywood Park racetrack venue is a huge project for the Rams and the league.

There's no indication one way or another how this will impact Los Angeles' ability to host any upcoming Super Bowls. "Our focus is more on the caliber of building than the exact year of the Super Bowl".

No doubt those figures played heavily into the construction timetable announced for the opening of the Inglewood stadium.

"Construction is our family business, so we understand the challenges that come with a project of this magnitude", Spanos said.

The new stadium, which will be shared by the Chargers and Rams, will now open in 2020 instead of 2019. That means the Chargers will have to spend three seasons playing football in the 30,000-seat StubHub Center.

The plan had originally intended for the Rams to share the Coliseum for just two seasons before moving to Inglewood for the 2019 campaign. Hooker underwent surgery in late January to fix two injuries suffered last season, a torn labrum and a hernia. During the height of the winter rain, that bowl filled with 15 feet of water, putting a halt to work, Koger said.

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