The new $2.6 billion football stadium, currently under construction in Inglewood, continues to attract new opportunities, although it won’t officially open for another 3 years.
In addition to being the future home for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, the venue, to be located at Century and Prairie, will also host the NFL’s Super Bowl in 2022, and opening ceremonies for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.
Now, sources say, billionaire stadium and Rams owner Stan Kroenke has approached Pac 12 execs about bringing the college football championship to Inglewood, when the stadium opens in 2020. The Oakland Raiders organization has also reached out to the Pac 12 about hosting the games in Las Vegas. A new stadium is being built there for the Raiders when the team relocates. That stadium is also expected to open in 2020.
Both cities are in the running for the decision after 2019. For now, the Pac-12 title games will remain at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, where they have been held since 2014. Levi’s Stadium is the home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Meanwhile, the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is currently held in Las Vegas. But the tournament was previously played in Los Angeles at Staples Center from 2002 until 2012.
The conference announced last week that it had reached an extension for the Northern California stadium to continue hosting the title game through the 2019 season, which includes an option for 2020.
Larry Scott, Pac-12 conference commissioner, said “It’s exciting to be in a part of the country where there’s going to be these big investments in new, state-of-the-art NFL venues …but that’s down the road. We’re in the right place for us now.”
The Pac-12 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States, participating in 22 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its football team’s 12 members are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. California teams include UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.