Competition for a stadium near Los Angeles is already heating up, and it looks like three rival developers will hold nothing back in trying to become the face of the NFL in L.A.
A recent report indicated that the proposed development in Inglewood could end up being targeted by terrorists because of how close it is to LAX.
You read that correctly.
The most recent reports on the stadium development plans have centered around the site in Inglewood, which is being developed in part by the owner of the St. Louis Rams, and around the site in Carson, where the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are thinking about working together to make a shared stadium. In all of the shuffle, most people have forgotten how neither of these stadiums would actually be in Los Angeles at all. They’d be on the outskirts.
It would be similar to the way that the New York Giants and New York Jets proudly say they represent New York, but they both actually play in New Jersey.
A third group, known as Anschutz Entertainment Group, is trying to get a plan together for a stadium that would truly be in downtown L.A. AEG turned to Tom Ridge, who used to serve as the Homeland Security Secretary, and had him conduct research and write a report on the Inglewood site. This report noted the proximity to the airport and how the site would be more of a risk for attacks than a downtown site.
League officials insist they will have their own experts carry out similar investigations and report back on their findings.
If a brand new stadium is built anywhere near L.A., it will quickly vault up the list of potential Super Bowl sites, and Super Bowl Week draws tens of thousands of people to the host city.
On the outside, this seems like a blatant attempt by one development company to simply discredit the other, giving their own project the edge. Though they brought in an outside expert, it’s hardly fair to call the research impartial in the way it would need to be for such a project.
Now, if other experts come back with the same conclusions, perhaps this bears come consideration, but, when only one side—the side with the most to gain—is saying it, it doesn’t sound like it’s worth too much.
Reading between the lines, though, this move does show that the Inglewood development seems to have the most promise going forward. AEG had to choose one site or the other, and they chose to go after Inglewood, leaving the Carson site untouched.
They seem to consider Inglewood to be a much bigger threat to the downtown project than Carson, which may reveal what people close to the situation are actually saying about the two proposals.
This isn’t a new notion, as it has felt all along like the Chargers and Raiders introduced the Carson idea more because they wanted some bargaining power to get new stadiums in their own cities than because they wanted to move.
Until now, though, events tied to both sites have made them seem just as likely, an illusion which has now grown a bit thinner.