Los Angeles may be seeing football back in town sooner then they think. And the good news for them is that they wouldn’t be starting from scratch.
An LA sports and entertainment firm said they would love to build an NFL stadium right in downtown Los Angeles, and that they want a current NFL to move in their. That is good news for the town, as they do not want to have to build an expansion team from start. And in fact, the stadium already has been talking to five NFL teams about possibly moving to Los Angeles.
CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group Tim Leiweke has already spoken with people representing the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and of course, the Oakland Raiders, says the spokesman for Anschutz, Michael Roth.
While all of these teams are certainly a possibility for the new stadium, if built, Leiweke says no one is even close to packing things up and moving. No vans or trucks have been packed and moving their operations to LA. They are simply talking at this point.
AEG is serious about bringing football back to the second largest market in the country. That includes purchasing a majority stake in the team that comes to LA. Also, he is willing to negotiate to buy out any lease a team currently has with their current stadium.
AEG plans to plan a 72,000 seat stadium with a price tag of $1 billion. The stadium would be on the city convention center campus. There is a competing proposal from Ed Roski, a warehouse tycoon. However, his plan calls for a stadium 15 miles outside of LA in the city of Industry.
While AEG claims talks have been made, the Vikings, Raiders and Chargers all have said that they are currently not interested in moving forward to LA. All have different reasonings. However, the Rams and Jaguars did not comment, and those would be the most likely teams anyways to make a move.