Chargers stadium opening in Inglewood delayed until 2020

The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers will have to wait longer than expected to move into their new digs.

A $2.6 billion stadium being constructed in Inglewood, California to be shared by the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams has been delayed until 2020 thanks to heavy rains in the area. The site, which the LA Times points out will be "three and a half times the size of Disneyland", also includes a 300-room hotel, retail and business offices, a 6,000-seat performance venue, residential space, and the 70,240-seat stadium. The stadium was due to be completed by summer 2019, but the stadium developer has announced today that it will not be completed until 2020.

Last year, the league chose the Inglewood stadium as host venue for Super Bowl LV in February 2021. Major construction of The Scholarship Club Tower, including luxury suites and a new press box, is set to launch following USC's 2017 football season. The biggest loser is the proprietor of the property, since the delay will keep Rams owner Stan Kroenke from getting any return on the $2.6 billion investment (from Rams games, Chargers games, and other events) by a full year. Instead it lost "twice that in two months". Rams officials said the water depth sometimes reached 12 to 15 feet. But it estimated that L.A. would get 30 days of rainfall in about 36 months, which could've actually been deemed ultra conservative at the time. Also, the Chargers left San Diego and chose to become a second tenant at the stadium.

For the Chargers, this means the team will remain at the StubHub Center through the 2019 season.

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The two teams that play there will lose, too.

The Rams were planning to roll out a redesign of their new uniforms for 2019 to coincide with the opening of their stadium.

The stadium needed to be built on a 90-foot hole - now fully excavated - to avoid radar issues for planes flying into nearby Los Angeles International Airport.

A calendar circulated among Coliseum stakeholders in early January showed the Rams tentatively scheduled to play the 2019 season at the stadium.


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