It’s been over 21 years since the NFL had a team in Los Angeles, but after a near-unanimous vote that drought has ended. National Football League owners voted to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season and gave the San Diego Chargers an option to join the Rams in Inglewood.
According to the L.A. Times, their home will ultimately be on the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood in what will be the league’s biggest stadium, a low-slung, glass-roofed football palace with a projected opening in 2019 and a price tag that could approach $3 billion.
The historic vote was 30-2 in favor of the Rams and possibly Chargers sharing the Inglewood Stadium according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Rams will begin play in Los Angeles next season but will play temporarily at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum while the Inglewood stadium is under construction.
The Raiders, who also had applied to move to Los Angeles, remain in Oakland. The move is to cost the Chargers and Rams a reported $550 million apiece in relocation fees. A good portion of those fees are expected to go to the Raiders to either put towards a prospective new stadium in Oakland, return to Los Angeles, or go elsewhere in 2017.
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