Another Football Stadium Option
It was reported earlier this week that Carson has entered back into the NFL stadium fray. But while some random conversation between a developer and the NFL might make for a nice bit of news drama, there are still a ton of questions to be answered to be answered on the site. Carson is far behind in its environmental impact report, which is troubling considering the site is a 157-acre toxic landfill.These conversations happened for one of two reasons. Either the NFL wanted to formally elminate Carson from the process in a nice way, or it's really not satisfied with the other stadium options at the Coliseum, Rose Bowl, and in Anaheim.
If it's the latter, LAist would like to put another idea forward: Hollywood Park. It's interesting that Hollywood Park has fallen by the wayside over the past decade. LAist remembers when Al Davis had a proposal for a sparkling new Hollywood Park stadium on his desk, and it only needed his signature to happen. (The NFL and RD Hubbard were going to pay for the whole thing too!)
But alas, Davis didn't want want to wait until 1998 for the thing to be built, and now he's in Oakland unhappy with his stadium situation, claiming that Mayor Jerry Brown broke their agreement for guaranteed sellouts.
But that's all in the past, and now the Hollywood Park Racetrack is set to close. While most talk has centered around developing the area, LAist thinks Hollywood Park might just make for a great football stadium site again. The land area out there is huge. The racetrack takes up a ton of space. There's plenty of parking (more if you include the Forum's spots). And it's a site that is relatively accessible for most of Los Angeles.
Instead of wasting their time with toxic landfills, developers should drive up the 405 to Inglewood and look at a much more realistic stadium site.