Developer shows off NFL plans
Jennifer McLain, Staff Writer
Article Created: 04/17/2008 10:13:58 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES - A National Football League team could be playing in the Southland as soon as 2011.
Edward Roski, a billionaire land developer and co-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, unveiled his plan Thursday for an $800 million NFL stadium in Industry.
"The stadium is a certainty and will be built," Roski said Thursday. "This is the first time that we can say to you: We can do it."
The so-called Los Angeles Stadium would be north of the 60 Freeway and west of the 57 Freeway. It would be cut into a hillside and is expected to be an entertainment complex comparable to Staples Center and City Walk, Roski said.
Although Roski said that he is "certain" that he will bring an NFL stadium to Los Angeles
Artist's rendering of proposed "Los Angeles Stadium." Developer, Edward P. Roski, Jr., who is also part owner of the LA Kings and LA Lakers, announced from a balcony at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, Thursday April 17, 2008, that he has plans to build a state-of-the-art NFL stadium in the City of Industry. (Correspondent Mike Mullen/SVcty)
County, the promise of attracting a team to play here is not as absolute.
"The only way that the NFL will come back to L.A. is to have a stadium that could be built with certainty," Roski said. "It's sort of a Catch-22, but you have to solve one catch at a time."
One thing is for sure, Roski said: It won't be an expansion team.
NFL officials would not comment on what, if any, team would play there.
"We are aware of (the proposed plans), and we are monitoring all stadium-related developments at this time," said Brian McCarthy, NFL spokesman.
If a team agrees to play in Los Angeles before the stadium is completed, Roski said they could play at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum or the Rose Bowl.
"We're more suited for it, and we could do it," said Charles Thompson, corporate communications manager for the Rose Bowl. "But no one has officially approached us."
Unlike past optimistic developers who hoped to bring a stadium to Los Angeles, Roski owns the land and will not rely on public money, said Dave Carter, a consultant for Roski and executive director of the USC Sports Business Institute.
"Absolutely no taxpayer dollars," Roski said.
The last time the Los Angeles area had an NFL team was in 1994, when it had two - the Rams and the Raiders. But after the '94 season, the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders returned to Oakland.
Previous talks about bringing an NFL stadium or team to Irwindale, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Carson and Inglewood have all failed. Roski attributes those failures to location, cost and development hurdles that could never be cleared.
"This is a very exciting day for us," Roski said Thursday. "We can see the reality of bringing an NFL stadium to L.A."
The proposed site, the Industry Business Center, is a vacant 600-acre plot that was previously slated for commercial and retail use.
The stadium will seat nearly 75,000 people, have 175 suites and could have up to
5 million square feet available for commercial use.
The stadium would bring 6,000 jobs to the area, Roski said.
Also planned on the site will be an NFL training facility, a sports medical center and clinic.
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I don't understand calling it Los Angeles team, when it would be in the city of Industry ?
Something like the L.A. Anaheim Angel's ?
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