It's Official: The Rams And The NFL Are Coming Back To Los Angeles
The wait is over. The NFL is coming back to Los Angeles.On Tuesday, after several rounds of voting and negotiation during the NFL meetings in Houston, Texas, the team owners have approved the relocation of the St. Louis Rams to Inglewood, Calif. The San Diego Chargers, who originally proposed to move to Carson, will have the option to join them.
The vote passed 30-2. The Oakland Raiders, who were going to share the Carson stadium with the Chargers, formally withdrew their proposal. They will remain in Oakland for the time being. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Daily News, Chargers owner Dean Spanos is apparently unhappy with the outcome of today's vote.
The relocation of the Rams means the NFL will be back in L.A. for the first time since both the Rams and Raiders left after the 1994 season. The Rams will eventually play in a $2.66-billion stadium built near the site of Hollywood Park racetrack, expected to be completed in 2019. The stadium will be privately-funded, according to the Orange County Register and will be built alongside a mixed-use development that already began construction last month. Until the new stadium is built, the Rams (and possibly the Chargers) will play at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
Indeed, hearing USC signed off on two NFL teams sharing LA Coliseum starting as soon as 2016. Wow— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 13, 2016
The Rams first moved to L.A. in 1946 and played in both the Coliseum and Anaheim Stadium (now Angel Stadium) before moving to St. Louis after the 1994 season.
Welcome back Rams. Let's Ram It!