This much is official: There won’t be an NFL team playing in Los Angeles in 2010 – and so Ed Roski Jr.’s plans to build a City of Industry football stadium are on hold for at least a year.
There had been talk that an announcement could come after the Super Bowl that a team would be relocating to Los Angeles County. But no team is ready to move, acknowledged John Semcken, Roski’s point man on the proposal – blaming it on the league’s labor negotiations with players,
“We’re not anticipating that a team will move before this coming season. The National Football League is focused on their player contract,” said Semcken, a vice president at Roski’s industrial development company Majestic Realty Co.
Roski has proposed building an $800 million, 75,000-seat stadium near the intersection of the Pomona (60) and Orange (57) freeways, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Teams identified by Majestic as potential tenants include the underperforming Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars as well as teams such as the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers that are looking for new stadium deals.
The 600-acre vacant site is ready for construction, having already received the necessary environmental approvals and building permits. Majestic claims to have all its financing in order, but Semcken declined to provide details.
He also said that the company remains committed to the site, long slated for an industrial park, despite the fact that when Roski first proposed the stadium idea two years ago, he had hoped to have a team as soon as last season.
“We really like our stadium plan. We are all approved and ready to go,” Semcken said.
Roski’s commitment is worth noting given that a competing, if far less developed, proposal has surfaced in recent weeks.
AEG Chief Executive Tim Leiweke and Wasserman Media Group founder Casey Wasserman have floated plans to build a football stadium next to Staples Center.
Although no formal plans have been made public, the rough idea would involve an 80,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof that would be constructed where West Hall, the oldest wing of the Los Angeles Convention Center, stands.
Some view the idea as little more than wishful thinking, but others view it more seriously, including county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who as a Los Angeles city councilman and state assemblyman was a big supporter of a plan to renovate the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for use as a NFL stadium.
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