National Football League owners voted 30-2 to approve the St. Louis Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles, reports Reuters, with the team reportedly to begin playing in L.A. as soon as this year. The NFL owners also gave the San Diego Chargers the green light to join them in their new stadium, but the Chargers continue to pursue options to remain in San Diego.
According to the NFL website, the Rams will move to a planned $1.85 billion facility in Inglewood, about 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Originally, the Chargers were part of a joint plan with the Oakland Raiders to share a new stadium in Carson, approximately 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. If the Chargers remain in San Diego, the Raiders will have an option of sharing the Inglewood site with the Rams, the story reports.
Media reports indicate the Rams are expected to begin playing in L.A. as soon as this fall. The AP notes that the new stadium is expected to be ready in 2019, with the team playing in the L.A. Coliseum until the new site is ready.
The new stadium is being built on the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack, the AP adds.