Chargers, Raiders propose joint stadium in Los Angeles County
In a seemingly stunning announcement, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have joined forces on a plan to build a $1.7 billion stadium in Los Angeles County the teams would share, according to a report from The Los Angeles Times.
The stadium would be located in Carson, Calif., a 148-acre parcel of land on the vacant Carson Marketplace site, part of an old landfill. The project is expected to be announced Friday at a press conference held nearby the proposed site where “Carson2gether,” a group comprised of business and labor leaders, will pitch its plan.
The Chargers and Raiders on Thursday issued the following joint statement to The Times.
“We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.”
The possibility of either team moving to the Los Angeles area has been a topic of speculation and discussion for some time, and the belief is the rumors that the St. Louis Rams may be working on a way to relocate to the coveted but elusive Los Angeles market may have prompted the team to join forces. Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced in December his plans to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the area.
The Times report notes that the partnership makes sense because the Chargers claim that 25% of its fan base resides in the L.A. market and that the Raiders cannot afford to build a new stadium on its own.
The Raiders and Chargers reportedly will seek financial support from the public for construction of new stadiums in Oakland and San Diego, respectively, but are in the process of putting together a plan for the Carson site should nothing develop in their home markets.
The teams later issued another joint statement which more specifically stated their collective case about the need for a new stadium for both franchises, even if it had to be a joint endeavor.
As far as the initial plans for the joint stadium is concerned, the planned capacity is envisioned to be 68,000 but expandable to 72,000. It would be a stadium-only project.
It was theorized in 2011 that if the NFL were ever to return to Los Angeles following a decades-long absence, it very well could involve placing two franchises in the region, so the news that two NFL teams are joining forces to build a stadium in Los Angeles County makes sense. And the maneuvers this week by the Raiders and Chargers may make that long-held theory come to fruition.
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