Carson officials approve NFL stadium plan

The fight to bring the NFL to Los Angeles took another turn this week, as the city of Carson approved a proposal to build a $1.7 billion stadium in the city.

The proposal, which was not put up for a public vote, is aimed at luring both the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers to the Los Angeles area.

Both teams have epressed dissatisfaction with their current homes, and are in stalled negotiations with local officials to remodel or replace their existing football homes.

The vote comes as plans for another proposed stadium effort in nearby Inglewood is being led by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke. That proposal would place an 80,000 seat stadium on the sight of the old Hollywood Park and Fabulous Forum.

Under NFL rules, the next opportunity for a team to file to relocate to either stadium would be in January 2016. The move would have to clear a tangle of league hurdles, including getting support from at least 24 of the 32 teams.

Carson Mayor Albert Robles likened the absence of the NFL in greater Los Angeles to the state's deep drought.

"There are two things that are needed here in Southern California," Robles told the Mercury News after the vote. "One of them is rain ... the other is football. And today, hopefully, we took care of that, because football is coming to Carson."

We’ll see if the Carson city council can make it rain, literally or figuratively.


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