Rams stadium opening delayed until 2020 due to rain, officials say

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

Developers offered several reasons why the two-month delay can't be made up over the next two years, among them an already ambitious timetable that left little room for surprises and the lack of scheduling flexibility for a stadium housing two teams.

"The rain fell during the mass excavation period of construction when no other work could proceed in wet conditions", the development team, which is spearheaded by Hollywood Park Land Co., Legends Project Development, Turner Construction Co., and Aecom, said in a statement.

Super Bowl LV already has been awarded to the stadium for February 7, 2021, although the National Football League now would have to waive a rule that prohibits a Super Bowl being played at a stadium before it has hosted two full regular seasons.

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According to NFL.com, it looks like the Chargers will be playing at the StubHub Center in Carson until the Inglewood stadium is completed, and that the Rams will continue playing at the Coliseum up until then.

"Our focus is always on the fan experience, " said A.G. Spanos, president of business operations for the Chargers. The venue includes an "entertainment district" with restaurants and hotels, and studio space for the NFL Network. "(It) would need a waiver". Still, L.A. can count on hosting the Super Bowl, as exceptions are not uncommon. Additionally, the league was looking for Rams owner Stan Kroenke to host a Super Bowl in 2021. Super Bowls are usually restricted to warm- weather cities, or enclosed stadiums in cold-weather cities.

For those who don't know the Albert Hammond classic, "It Never Rains In Southern California", you'll be disappointed to know that precipitation has delayed a significant date in the Rams return to southern California.

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