The Rams are coming back to Los Angeles, but will be playing in the Coliseum for the time being. While they wait for their new stadium, the San Diego Chargers have been given an option to think over.
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HOUSTON — After 20 years in St. Louis, the Rams are set to pack up their bags and return to California for the start of the 2016 season.
Following three rounds of voting, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that 30 of the 32 owners of the league approved Rams owner, Stan Kroenke’s, proposal to move the team to a new facility in Inglewood.
“The ownership, I think, personally believes that the kind of signature project that is going to help make us successful in Los Angeles for the long term,” Goodell said.
Goodell’s announcement followed nearly 11 hours of discussion and decision making among team owners involving relocation proposals from the Rams, the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Changers.
While no location was officially set for home games, there is some speculation the Rams will be hosted in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until the Inglewood stadium is built. Goodell estimates that the new stadium will be ready for the 2020 season.
In addition to the relocation of the Rams, the NFL has offered the Chargers a one-year option to decide to play with Kroenke’s team in Inglewood. If they decline this option, the opportunity will be handed to the Raiders.
Goodell announced the NFL is willing to give $100 million dollars to both the Chargers and the Raiders toward building new facilities in their current markets.
The decision to relocate the Rams’ closed the book on efforts by a governor-directed task force to finance and construct a new stadium in St. Louis.
“The excitement that we feel about being able to return the Rams to Los Angeles is balanced with a disappointment that we weren’t able to get it done for our fans in St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland,” Goodell said. “But we’ll continue to try in those markets.”