AEG Wants to Build an NFL Stadium in Downtown LA (What Traffic?), OC Supervisors Want City of Industry

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A stadium will be built ... somewhere in LA County.
An NFL stadium is coming to the greater Los Angeles area, at some point. The sponsorship deal with Farmers Insurance has been sealed, the promotional propaganda has been spread, the LA city council has voted unanimously in favor of a tentative agreement. It seems to be all systems go in the Anschutz Entertainment Group's attempt to bring an NFL stadium to Downtown Los Angeles.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors, however, would like invested parties to reconsider the site and build the billion-dollar entertainment mecca in the City of Industry, where the county of Orange could enjoy a piece of the pie.

The City of Industry project has been promoted by Majestic Reality, which wants to build Los Angeles Stadium using private funds in an area "centrally-located" and within one hour of 15.5 million potential fans--and away from the headache of commuting to and finding parking in the already-clogged downtown area.

The OC Board of Supervisors, which issued its support on Sept. 13, follows in the footsteps of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors (May) and the San Berardino Board of Supervisors (June), which have also lent support to the Industry location. The OC board embraced the opportunity to bring an NFL franchise and 18,000 regional jobs to the area.

The AEG project has come under scrutiny recently. Last week our sister paper, LA Weekly, produced a cover story about all the parts of the Farmers' Field deal that know one is talking about: "a sea of ultrabright LED billboards" and special environmental impact concessions, in part to prevent what AEG's ultra-rich owner, Philip Anschutz, calls "frivolous lawsuits." 

Not to mention the traffic that the stadium builders somehow maintain won't exist. Have they been to LA? There's traffic at 2 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon, let alone on a Sunday afternoon when the Los Angeles Chargers of San Diego and the Los Angeles Lakers (at Staples Center, just across from where the new stadium is supposed to be built) are both playing. The necessary road and freeway on-ramp and off-ramp construction could end up costing the city millions of dollars. 

AEG isn't the only one to blame, even a city council member who voted in favor of the tentative stadium agreement admitted to LA Weekly that "The transportation issue is the one issue no one's addressed."

WHAT?! 

How do you propose building a stadium for 72,000 fans near two of the most frequently clogged freeways (10 and 110) without considering the traffic implications? Whatever the answer, this is the type of backward negotiation and research that has transpired.

City of Industry Chargers has a nice ring to it, don't you think?


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LanceThruster
LanceThruster

I work down the street from the proposed Staples site. The congestion and density is already too heavy. In addition to the LA Convention Center, in and near the complex are theaters, concert clubs, highrise hotel with heliport. And now they want to drop a football stadium in the middle of it? Get real. The area has already suffered from endless construction. The LA City Council seems like the gang that couldn't shoot straight. They chased the Rams out of the Coliseum, kept USC from rennovating the adjacent sports arena for college basketball which would have made the Coliseum location all SC sports, or working a deal with the Lakers (the Fabulous forum in Inglewood is a mega church/white elephant now) , and now want giant giveaways to make this particular corridor ground zero for gridlock. Saddest thing is that the Coliseum is a very short trip down the street (but it's next to a neighborhood that is not "upscale"). It has soooo much history, 1st Super Bowl, 2 Summer Olympics (only a few cities share that honor), and I've seen in the LA Times the rennovation plans for it that were really cool.

An earlier design for a plan at the curve of the 405 fwy (Torrance?) was ugly as hell (looked like a giant Taco Bell - really!)

City of Irwindale was an old Al Davis site (he got 12 mil from the city for nuttin) and that's not bad, but if the team doesn't come to LA proper, I think Industry or the old El Toro airbase in Tustin are both better locations for the reasons given...more  central to a broader range of southland fans.

And that's from someone who couldn't care less about professional spectator sports. I now root against the Lakers so I never have to deal with their workday championship party traffic nightmares, which gives local pols even more of our money to goof off with. I liked the Rams as a kid but I can like them if I want to wherever they play.

And NO sweetheart deals!!The NFL needs LA/So Cal more than LA/So Cal need the NFL. Effin' luxurry box lovin' elitist robber barons. The rich corporate crybabies can't enjoy live sports unless you build a fancy suite on top of the stadium to keep from being contaminated by the hoi polloi and riff raff (who will end up footing the bill anyway).

Appeals
Appeals

I live in the area of the proposed stadium and commute into the OC. I use the 57 and 60 freeways and this area is constantly congested including the weekends. There was a revamping of the connectors not too long ago but it did little to free up traffic. There was not proposal of metro from OC to the stadium area. Plus the enviromental study was "overrode."   

Bill T.
Bill T.

So, apparently, you're in agreement.

xxPREACHERxxo
xxPREACHERxxo

Build it at the former Tustin Airbase. All that land at 55 freeway 1 block away. Sounds good to me.

Shainstress
Shainstress

This is why L.A. is called "La La Land." They really need to re-evaluate the infrastructure for a high speed rail line / trolly line. Who will want to sit in traffic for hours on end on a Sunday? Not to mention all the CO2 emissions that the Board of Supervisors has no inkling of consideration to. That city is in a toxic soup of its own pollutants, superficial cooks and mega-assholes with huge sticks up their asses. I exclude the L.A. natives. They are just stuck in a city that could care less about the links to air pollution and the health of their families. I'd like to find out what the asthma rates are in L.A. compared to other cities...

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

LOL I originally thought it was AIG not AEG, I could not imagine them using part of their Billions or was it Trillions in Tarp funds to finance a stadium.

It seems the City of Industry is becoming the Silicon Valley South. so many IT companies there now. I think this is a good location for a stadium, however, I bet LA will revamp the Colosseum instead... Isn't it logical that they should get a football team first? I can see it now, spend millions to build a stadium, then have to spend more millions in modifications to make a prospective team happy...

Just saying
Just saying

Why not build it long beach... I think long beach chargers sounds better... home of the "LBC" somewhere around downtown

ddbear
ddbear

Good article.  The Grand Crossing (Industry) stadium plan is far superior.  It would be more accessible to OC and Inland Empire residents.  How many stadiums do we need right next to downtown LA?  I mean we already have the Coliseum and Dodgers Stadium and Home Depot Center in the crowded urban spot.  It is about time to build a stadium in a DIFFERENT PLACE that is free of the nightmare traffic congestion, that is MORE ACCESSIBLE to a larger population!

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