Meanwhile, the recently-relocated Chargers will now have to play at the smallish StubHub center in Carson for three seasons instead of two. For the National Football League, which was planning to stage Super Bowl LV in L.A., it's a confusing development.
The Rams, who returned to Los Angeles a year ago after a two-decade stay in St. Louis, played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last season.
Koger still expects the new stadium to be "transformative to the area". The fans are not. From the Rams' perspective, here's the worst of it.
Also, the Rams might possibly lose one season of new uniforms. "Our future home will be the best stadium in the National Football League and deliver a transformational experience for our Chargers fans". The teams announced Thursday that construction complications will delay the stadium opening to 2020.
The LA Times has reported that of all things to delay the opening of the stadium by a year, it wasn't money, supplies, or permits. The team went 4-12, handed the Titans a top-five draft pick, fired coach Jeff Fisher and chose to document the whole thing. But the Inglewood site is unique in this sense. Hooker underwent surgery in late January to fix two injuries suffered last season, a torn labrum and a hernia. They'll have to host games in 2018 and 2019 in London or elsewhere. Even if that Super Bowl is ultimately taken away, the facility would be in the running for one soon thereafter, not to mention several others down the road. "But we will have the option of beginning a rebrand in 2019 or with the stadium in 2020". In that regard, the extra year could benefit the teams.
You can really only blame Mother Nature for this. This caused the project, which is being built by Turner Construction and AECOM, to screech to a halt for two months. That resulted in water standing 12 to 15 feet deep and a standstill in construction for two months earlier in 2017.
The teams said the stadium hole is now 90 feet deep and fully excavated, with six million cubic yards of dirt removed across the site.
The greatest concern with the delay may not involve either the Rams or Chargers. This is important to get right. The venue includes an "entertainment district" with restaurants and hotels, and studio space for the NFL Network. "Stan's decision on this was based on delivering a world-class stadium at the highest quality possible, and that was the only basis for this decision". The new Los Angeles Stadium was set to open in time for the 2019 season, but will now open in the summer 2020, per both teams.