The stadium being built for the Rams and Chargers to share was supposed to open in 2019, but it’s being pushed back a year, according to Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno of the LA Times. If the new schedule holds, the $2.6-billion stadium in Inglewood will now open before the kickoff of the 2020 NFL season.
The problem appears to be simple: It’s been raining far too much, at record-setting rates that are double the average for this time of year, and it’s really pushed the project off schedule. Bob Aylesworth, who is running the project, said:
“The continuing rains really knocked us for a loop. It was a very unforgiving two months for the project. And speaking from a building perspective, it really couldn’t have come at a worse time.”
They didn’t want to rush just to stay on schedule. Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff said:
“[It’s] paramount that this building is a world-class experience for fans from day one. … There’s a chance you could make up the time, but we felt it was better to make the decision now rather than approaching it in late 2018 or 2019, when we are well into the process of building the stadium. This is a stadium that Angelenos, visitors and world-class athletes will celebrate for years to come, and we are committed to making sure this amazing venue is exceptional from the day it opens.”
Chargers President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos agreed, per Ricky Henne and the team’s official website, saying
“Our focus is always on the fan experience. Our future home will be the best stadium in the NFL and deliver a transformational experience for Chargers fans. If getting it right means pushing back the completion date, then I think the extra year is well worth it.
“Construction is our family business, so we understand the challenges that come with a project of this magnitude. At StubHub Center we are creating an unparalleled environment for watching NFL football, and considering that no other venue in the league brings you closer to the action, we think Chargers fans will enjoy our three years in Carson.”