The L.A. Rams will break ground Thursday on their future home stadium in Inglewood. The ceremony will take place at 11am on the old Hollywood Park racetrack site at Century and Prairie. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Rams owner Stan Kroenke and Inglewood Mayor James Butts will all be in attendance.
The privately funded $2.6-billion stadium in will be the main attraction of an expansive 298-acre mixed-use development on the property which will also house a hotel, office space, retail and housing.
“The stadium bowl groundbreaking ceremony is another historic event in the evolution and renaissance of Inglewood,” Mayor Butts said. “For the first time ever, the Commissioner of the NFL will visit Inglewood and it will not be the last time. Inglewood is rising. We are becoming the preeminent destination in Southern California.”
Hollywood Park Land Company has been clearing the site for the past two years, demolishing and removing buildings, fixtures and underground utilities, according to the Rams.
Now workers will begin digging the 100-foot-deep hole where the stadium will reside. This is by far the most visible and exciting phase of the project, as excavation makes the new stadium more official. The 70,000-seat stadium and an adjacent, 6,000-seat performance venue are set to be completed for the 2019 season. The Rams are playing at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until the Inglewood stadium is ready.
On January 5, 2015, Kroenke partnered with Stockbridge Capital (owners of the Hollywood Park Land Company), to build an NFL stadium on the existing Hollywood Park development and on a parcel of land which he owned. After collecting more than 20,000 petition signatures to allow for the rezoning of the proposed stadium site, the Inglewood City Council approved the stadium with a unanimous 5–0 vote removing any possible legal obstacles.
On January 12, 2016, the NFL approved the Inglewood proposal and the Rams move to Los Angeles 30-2. When the Rams move into the stadium, it will mark the return of professional sports to Inglewood for the first time since the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings abandoned The Forum for Staples Center in 1999. Hollywood Park Casino opened on the lot on Oct. 21, 2016, becoming the first establishment to open on the property.
The new Inglewood stadium is scheduled to host the Super Bowl in 2021 and is in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.