By now, you’ve heard. The Rams are officially returning to Los Angeles for the 2016 season. But, their new stadium in Inglewood will not be ready until 2019.
Construction is underway for the new arena, which will include an 80,000-seat stadium complex and “NFL Disney World,” and expected to become the most expensive sports arena in the world.
The 300-acre development, located in a few miles from downtown Los Angeles in Inglewood, will cost an estimated $2.6 billion — more than $1 billion more than New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, currently the league’s most costly venue.
The capacity of the new Rams stadium could exceed 100,000 for special events, say developers. Furthermore, an unnamed “owner” tells the L.A. Times that it will be comparable to Florida’s Disney World theme park. In addition to the arena, it will house a 6,000-seat performance venue, more than 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space, 2,500 homes, a 300-room hotel, and 25 acres of parks.
The Rams’ return marks Los Angeles’ first NFL team since 1995 — the year the Rams left for St. Louis, and the Raiders departed for Oakland.