Stadium for Rams, Chargers delayed; won't open until 2020

Stadium for Rams, Chargers delayed; won't open until 2020

Stadium for Rams, Chargers delayed; won't open until 2020

Yes, rain in Los Angeles has delayed the completion of the stadium by a year. Brian McCarthy, vice president of communications for the NFL, said the league has a rule requiring a stadium to be open for at least two regular seasons before it can host a Super Bowl. Instead it lost "twice that in two months". The development plan includes a 300-room hotel, hundreds of thousands of square feet for retail and offices, a 6,000-seat performance venue attached to the stadium and a residential area. The stadium was due to be completed by summer 2019, but the stadium developer has announced today that it will not be completed until 2020.

"Obviously, it's a disappointment when you've been working on something every day and you have a setback", Demoff said "(But) our organization has always taken the long-term approach on the Los Angeles project, and this is important to get right".

More pressing, however, is how this will affect the prospects of Super Bowl 55 being played at the stadium in February 2021. The delay is costing Kroenke tens of millions of dollars, and the Galaxy are now housing an National Football League team another year longer they they'd probably like.

But even if the Rams and Chargers have to wait an extra year or so for the Super Bowl, they'll probably be just fine. "Our focus is more on the caliber of building than the exact year of the Super Bowl". The Chargers also released a statement regarding the delay.

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"In the best interest of the project, we have made a decision to move the opening date to summer of 2020", a statement from the Rams read.

Spanos noted that construction "is our family business", and such challenges can occur with "a project of this magnitude". It will also be home to the Los Angeles Chargers.

According to the the Los Angeles Times, the delay has to do with the unusually high level of rainfall in Southern California during the construction of the stadium itself.

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