The Los Angeles Times’ Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno are reporting from an unidentified source that ground will break on the Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium complex in Inglewood next week:
The Rams will break ground on their $2.6-billion stadium in Inglewood next Thursday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition they not be identified.
Expected to be completed in 2019, the venue will be the centerpiece of a 298-acre mixed-use development on the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack that will include a hotel, office and retail space and housing.
I’m not sure why this is such a secretive release, but perhaps there are some subtleties to construction that haven’t made public that could be affecting development.
Nonetheless, it’s an unavoidable sign of progress toward a 2019 season that remains a huge marker on the franchise’s timeline.
With this three-year soft launch of Los Angeles Rams football as the team bounces around Irvine and Thousand Oaks and the Coliseum in south LA, it’s fair to wonder how invested the franchise is over this period. Those questions will go away in 2019 when the Rams finally settle in to their new home.
The new stadium will host Super Bowl LV in February 2021.