The city of Los Angeles hasn’t hosted an NFL team since the Rams and Raiders left town in 1995. As it stands, L.A. could go from hosting zero teams to becoming the new home of two of the biggest franchises, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers, if the $1.7 billion Carson Stadium Project is approved.
The teams’ aspirations of moving to L.A. received a big boost Wednesday when Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger agreed to oversee their bid to build a stadium.
In February, Chargers and Raiders proposed building a joint facility in Carson – located 13 miles south of downtown Los Angeles – that would house both franchises. The project is competing with St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s proposed $1.86 billion stadium project in Inglewood. With Iger on board, the Carson project could become a reality.
“Should the owners (of Raiders and Chargers) approve the move, Los Angeles will proudly welcome two incredible teams to our community and build a stadium worthy of their fans,” the Disney CEO said in a statement. “LA football fans will enjoy unprecedented access to games during the season, in a state of the art stadium designed to deliver the most entertaining, exciting and enjoyable experience possible,” added Iger.
Albert Robles, the Mayor of Carson, welcomed Iger’s announcement. “It’s exciting, it’s just further evidence that the best site for the return of football to Southern California is in the great city of Carson,” said Robles.
According to Yahoo Sport, Chargers, Rams and Raiders executives, along with execs from other NFL teams, are in New York for a “significant” meeting on Wednesday. The owners are expected to vote on the Los Angeles plans in January.
Remember, all three bidding teams have called the L.A.area home from 1946 to 1994. Between 1982 and 1994, the Rams were LA-bound while the Chargers played their inaugural 1960 season in L.A.