|Posted on August 13, 2016 at 4:50 PM|
City of Champions Stadium is the temporary name of a sports and entertainment complex to be built in Inglewood, California, United States, about 3 miles (5 km) from Los Angeles International Airport and adjacent to The Forum. The stadium will serve as the home of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) when it opens in 2019.
The stadium is a component of the City of Champions Revitalization Initiative, the working title of the development on the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack. On January 5, 2015, it was announced that Stan Kroenke, the owner of the then St. Louis Rams had partnered with Stockbridge Capital (owners of the Hollywood Park Land Company), to build an NFL stadium on the existing Hollywood Park development and on a parcel of land owned by Kroenke. After collecting more than 20,000 petition signatures to allow for the rezoning of the proposed stadium site to allow for an NFL venue on the site, the Inglewood City Council approved the stadium with a unanimous 5–0 vote removing any possible legal obstacles and clearing the way for the developers to break ground in December 2015.
On January 12, 2016, the NFL approved the Inglewood proposal and the Rams move to Los Angeles 30-2, with a projected opening in time for August 2019. When the Rams (and possibly the Chargers or Raiders) move into the stadium, it will mark the return of professional sports to Inglewood for the first time since the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings abandoned The Forum for Staples Center in 1999. On May 24, 2016, it was announced as the host of Super Bowl LV in 2021.