As expected but not official until Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers will play their games at SoFi Stadium this season without fans.
The decision will be ongoing “until further notice,” Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in released a statement:
“While we are doing everything to safely open SoFi Stadium and ultimately fulfill its promise to Rams fans, the NFL and to this region, we know our ability to welcome fans into the building will be guided by the wisdom of health care experts and the policies of local, state and federal government officials. Therefore, we won’t speculate on any timeline as to when fans will be able to join us. The health and well-being of our employees, community and the nation, remains our highest concern.”
Chargers owner Dean Spanos said the move was “heartbreaking.”
Both LA teams were set to debut the $5 billion SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park project this season to millions of fans, collectively. It would have been a month ago that Taylor Swift performed the first event ever at SoFi, but that was canceled long before it would have happened.
The Rams host the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 13th at 5:20 p.m. airing on NBC.