The NFL will officially return to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, and it will be the Rams coming… 20 years after they left for St. Louis.
NFL owners voted Tuesday night (Jan. 12) to allow the St. Louis Rams — who were based in the L.A. area from 1946 to 1994 — to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers will have the option to share the facility.
If the Chargers don’t go for it, the option will be given to the Oakland Raiders, commissioner Roger Goodell said.
The move marks the NFL’s 21-year absence from the nation’s second-largest media market.
The Rams’ home will be on the old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood, which is being renovated into a massive sports/entertainment center. When it’s completed in 2019, it will be the league’s biggest stadium… carrying a pricetag approaching $3 billion.
Until then, the Rams will play in a temporary facility — likely the Los Angeles Coliseum.
If the Chargers stay in San Diego and build a new stadium, the NFL will contribute $100 million to the project. The Raiders also have this option on the table.