It is apparent Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke is determined to build a stadium in Inglewood, California by any means necessary. And “by any means necessary”, it means even if the National Football League does not approve of the bid to relocate the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles.
Per a report from Brian Feldt of the St. Louis Business Journal, the mayor of Inglewood, James Butts, Kroenke as well as the city both plan on going ahead with the stadium project regardless of the response to the relocation bid.
If the Rams don’t get the required amount of votes to relocate (24 out of 32 of the NFL’s owners), the stadium plans that Kroenke have in mind would then be for future World Cups, Olympics, as well as entertainment award shows and other events, perhaps even WWE Wrestlemania, one of the biggest drawing events in the world every year.
A year ago, Kroenke, who actually played a role in helping the then Los Angeles Rams first move to St. Louis in 1995, proposed a $2 billion NFL Stadium on the Inglewood site he had purchased. Next week, the NFL owners will vote on which team (if any) will move to Los Angeles – the San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, or Oakland Raiders.
As stated above, the team needs the approval of 24 out of the 32 NFL owners to relocate. Currently, the city of St. Louis has a proposal to build a stadium on the northern riverfront of the Mississippi River. If the Rams remain where they currently are, Kroenke will either have to build the proposed riverfront stadium, or will work with the Edward Jones Dome on a year-to-year basis.
Either way, Kroenke wants to build his new, 80,000 seat stadium in Inglewood. It’s just a matter of who will play there.
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