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NFL stadium in L.A. one step closer to reality, but how badly does L.A. want it?

Jan 29, 2015

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Fans of the St. Louis Rams hold a “Los Angeles Rams” sign against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on November 23, 2014 in San Diego, California.; Credit: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

The discussion over whether to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles is one that has been going on for years.

Despite coming close with plans to build stadiums in the City of Industry and on an AEG development in Downtown L.A., ultimately neither of them came through. However, developers with the Hollywood Park Land Company submitted nearly three times the required number of signatures for a voter initiative, moving the construction of an NFL stadium in Inglewood one step closer to reality.

While this is certainly good news if you’re a proponent of the stadium, nothing is set in stone. The signatures must first be verified, then the Inglewood City Council can review the measure. Developers hope that there will be a special election held sometime before the start of the next NFL season in September. A project manager with the Hollywood Park Land Company told KPCC that, if approved, construction would begin on the stadium regardless of whether a team moves here. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke had been vocal this past season about moving the Rams to L.A., and has reportedly told Inglewood’s mayor on more than one occasion that he’s going to move the Rams with or without the NFL’s consent.

How bad do L.A. residents really want an NFL stadium, even if a team isn’t moving here? What are the pros and cons of building the stadium? How does the opportunity to host a Super Bowl again factor in to the discussion?

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