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Los Angeles Stadium is the working title for an approved 75,000-seat NFL stadium in Industrymarker, Californiamarker. Edward P. Roski, a part-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA and Los Angeles Kings of the NHL, has announced plans for the stadium on the northern side of the interchange of state routes 57 and 60, east of Downtown Los Angelesmarker with the purpose of attracting a NFL team to the Los Angeles region. The Greater Los Angeles Area has been the nation's largest media market without a NFL team since 1995.

Roski has said he will not break ground on the stadium until he has a commitment from an NFL team to move to Los Angeles. In exchange for footing the bill to construct the stadium, Roski wants at least a 40 percent ownership stake in any team that moves to Los Angeles to play there..

The National Football League is not planning on expanding and the developers of the new stadium stated on their website that their tenant will be an existing team "that needs to move because they cannot build a new stadium or financially they are not successful in their current market. We can not disclose which teams we are talking with."

Roski, who help build Staples Centermarker, stated that the new 75,000-seat stadium would be privately financed and would be the centerpiece of a new entertainment complex in Industry. The stadium and mixed-use development has been designed by Dan Meis, FAIA, and Aedas Sport out of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County site would put it in reach of 12 million people in a radius, including in Orangemarker, Riversidemarker, San Bernardinomarker and the San Fernando Valleymarker. Roski and his spokesman have asserted that a football stadium in the city could mean as much as $400 million in yearly revenue to businesses and bring more than 3,000 jobs to the area. Project supporters have asserted that aspects of the stadium design, such as the use of hilly terrain to vastly reduce the cost of construction and the multi-use capabilities of the planned surrounding development, as well as Roski's success in gaining support from local elected officials in the City of Industry, where the proposed stadium site is located, give the plan a strong possibility of success. Project critics have asserted that it requires more public funding than has been stated, and have questioned the costs and benefits of the project.

On February 28, 2009 the City of Industry city council approved the environmental impact report 5 to 0. The neighboring cities of Diamond Barmarker and Walnutmarker both expressed concerns about the noise, traffic, and environmental impacts of the proposed stadium. Walnut and a Walnut-based citizens group comprised of 8 homeowners filed lawsuits to block the project, but were unsuccessful.

On April 8, 2009 the city of Diamond Bar unanimously approved a legal settlement that grants it more than $21 million in exchange for dropping objections to the stadium. Diamond Bar City Council members approved the agreement with the city of Industry. The settlement includes $20 million to deal with increased traffic from the stadium and $1 million for a middle school athletic field. Diamond Bar also would receive at least $700,000 per year from Industry for community facilities as long as the stadium remains in operation.

On September 23, 2009 the city of Walnut reached a settlement with the City of Industry and the stadium developer. A group of Walnut citizens refused to settle its lawsuit. The group insisted that the stadium have a domed roof and special freeway exits. On October 14, 2009 the state Senate approved a bill to exempt the proposed stadium from state environmental law, effectively killing the lawsuit filed by the citizen group. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill shortly thereafter.

In October 2009, a Roski spokesman identified the San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, and possibly the San Francisco 49ers, as the teams that the developers would target as candidates for the new stadium.

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References

  1. Audio: John Semcken talks NFL stadium
  2. Stadium Special Report
  3. Dan Beighly, "Developer Appeals to Anaheim, OC with NFL Plan", Orange County Business Journal Online, June 2, 2008
  4. CA will benefit overall as Roski and NFL move toward LA Stadium deal" Fox & Hounds daily, June 17, 2008.
  5. Dave Zirin, "Football in L.A.", Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2009.
  6. Walnut files lawsuit over NFL stadium, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, March 25, 2009.
  7. Local activists proceed with lawsuits against proposed NFL stadium in Industry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, May 30, 2009.
  8. Tim Rutten, "One-of-a-kind NFL stadium", Los Angeles Times, October 21, 2009.
  9. Walnut to get $9 million, other concessions to drop NFL stadium lawsuit, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, September 23, 2009.
  10. Environmental exemption for Industry NFL stadium earns state Senate approval, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, October 14, 2009.
  11. "Gov. Schwarzenegger signs bill for L.A.-area stadium construction", AP at NFL.com, October 22, 2009.
  12. Mark Craig, "California stadium group to target would-be NFL tenants", Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 8, 2009.
  13. "Stadium developer to ask six NFL teams to move to L.A.", Los Angeles Daily News, October 8, 2009.


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