LATimes The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, rivals on the field, are moving forward together on a plan to build a $1.7-billion NFL stadium in Carson that they will share. The Chargers and Raiders will continue to seek public subsidies for new stadiums in their home markets, but they are developing a detailed proposal for a privately financed Los Angeles venue in the event they can’t get deals done in San Diego and Oakland by the end of this year, according to the teams. In a statement given to The Times on Thursday, the Chargers and Raiders said: “We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.” The teams are working with “Carson2gether,” a group of business and labor leaders. The coalition will announce the project Friday at a news conference near the 168-acre site, a parcel at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of the 405 Freeway and Del Amo Boulevard. They plan to immediately launch a petition drive for a ballot initiative to get voter approval to build the stadium. This latest high-stakes move was precipitated by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who announced in December his plan to build an 80,000-seat stadium on the land that used to be Hollywood Park. That put pressure on the Chargers, who say 25% of their fan base is in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The Raiders, among the most financially strapped NFL teams, joined forces with the Chargers because they don’t have the money build a stadium on their own. The Jets and the Giants, who both play in East Rutherford, N.J., are the only NFL teams playing in the same stadium. L.A., which has been without the NFL for two decades, now finds itself with three teams that could relocate here and four stadium proposals, including the Farmers Field concept downtown and developer Ed Roski’s plan in the City of Industry. Even skeptics have to concede the city has never been in a better position to have the country’s No. 1 sport return, though none of the three teams has yet to commit to moving here. Like the Rams, the Chargers and Raiders are on year-to-year leases in older stadiums. Prospects for new venues in San Diego and Oakland are bleak and, as is in L.A., there is no appetite to commit public money to build a stadium. The Carson proposal calls for the teams to be equal, as opposed to one’s acting as landlord to the other. The long-vacant Carson Marketplace site is part of an old municipal landfill and has been the subject of significant cleanup efforts in recent years. The NFL has looked into buying the site at least three times.
There have been plenty of rumors recently that the San Diego Chargers of the Oakland Raiders (or the St. Louis Rams) would be moving to Los Angeles, California, but two teams moving to Los Angeles in a $1.7 billion dollar stadium is shocking news, which has taken the NFL by surprise. Los Angeles is a strange town, since many people are not from there originally, so they would rather watch their hometown team than root for a Los Angeles team. This proposal is very interesting, and with both the Chargers and Raiders on board, we could have two teams in Los Angeles within a few years.