The Los Angeles Rams hosting the first game of the 2020 NFL season? Yeah, I suppose it does make some sense.
On Wednesday, Vincent Frank of Forbes posted about the idea around the Rams hosting the San Francisco 49ers to open next season. Given that the $5 billion SoFi Stadium is scheduled to be ready by July and will be the home to the Rams and Chargers in roughly seven months, and that the 49ers are one win shy of a Super Bowl championship, it’s more than just an option to float.
NFL potentially opening the 2020 season with Rams on TNF at the new venue is not a great idea.— Vincent Frank (@VincentFrankNFL) January 29, 2020
It would likely be against the 49ers. No one wants to see that new stadium filled with 70% fans from the road team.
“Shouldn’t the Super Bowl winner host the first game of the season?” you may be wondering. Well, the Super Bowl winner didn’t even play in the first game of the 2019 season. For the first time since 2003, the NFL decided to give the opening Thursday game to someone else, instead having the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Packers start the league’s 100th season rather than the New England Patriots again.
If the 100th season is any special, than the grand opening of the world’s most expensive stadium, the home to Super Bowl LVII in 2022, and the 2028 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies likely also gets consideration.
Plus, 49ers-Rams, whether San Francisco wins the Super Bowl or not, is still an intriguing matchup; it is the last two teams to win the NFC Championship.
Los Angeles opened 2019 on the road vs the Carolina Panthers, a 30-27 win. They last opened at home in 2017, beating the Indianapolis Colts 46-9 in the LA Coliseum. The 2020 schedule is expected to be announced on April 16.