There’s three teams in vying for a move to Los Angeles, including the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans for a new stadium in Inglewood in January, adjacent to the Forum and Hollywood Park. Now, over the weekend, he shared the initial renderings for what the Los Angeles Times refers to as the world’s most interactive and integrated football stadium — a futuristic, $1.86-billion, privately financed venue.
Plans to begin construction are unknown, but Kroenke has the major pieces of the project fully drawn out by architecture firm HKS.
The renderings showcase a light metallic, wave-shaped structure featuring a roof that covers the stadium and a surrounding plaza. While providing protection from the elements, the sides remain open. The roof has metal borders, but the area over the playing field is made of a transparent material called ETFE, strong enough to support the weight of a vehicle. The design allows for breezes to flow through the building, enhancing the outdoor feel.
The stadium could be used to host big indoor events such as a college basketball Final Four.
“This stadium grows out of the DNA of the region,” HKS director Mark Williams told the paper. His company also designed AT&T Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys and Lucas Oil Stadium for the Indianapolis Colts.
Los Angeles hasn’t had an NFL football team since 1994, when both the Rams and Raiders left for St. Louis and Oakland, respectively.
While Kroenke hasn’t announced plans to bring the Rams back to L.A., his vision seems clear.
However, the Chargers and Raiders announced a joint proposal to build a stadium in Carson, Calif., in February.