Which NFL team will end up in Los Angeles? That’s the question fans are awaiting an answer for.
On Monday (Jan. 4), three franchises (the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams) submitted relocation applications to the league.
Fans have been waiting for more than two decades for an NFL presence in L.A., after the Raiders and Rams left following the 1994 season. While dozens of stadium proposals and renderings have come, they never panned out. Monday marks the first time any team has formally requested to move here.
Over the past years, news surfaced of all three teams’ desire to move to Los Angeles.
A year ago, Rams owner Stan Kroenke unveiled plans for a $1.86-billion stadium in Inglewood, which would serve as the centerpiece of a 298-acre entertainment, retail and housing development at the site of the former Hollywood Park racetrack.
Then, weeks later, the Chargers and Raiders announced they were coming together on a competing project in Carson — a $1.7-billion venue would be built on a 157-acre parcel located on an old landfill adjacent to the 405 Freeway.
“We are sad to have reached this point,” the Chargers said in a statement.
According to the L.A. Times, Chargers owner Dean Spanos blamed the Rams for forcing his team to take action on L.A.
“I think that is what really was the catalyst that got this whole thing going,” he said, “because when the Rams decided to make their move there, this was a move to protect our business more than anything. So we find ourselves where we do right now.”
The Rams also issued an official statement on their website confirming their desire to relocate for the 2016 season.
Now, we have to wait and see which team(s) will be the next franchise in Los Angeles.