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Supervisors Back Plans for NFL Stadium in Industry

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Issue 19, Volume 15.

RIVERSIDE - Riverside County supervisors today endorsed a proposed professional football stadium in the city of Industry -- a location one board member said would offer advantages to Inland Empire residents that a proposed rival venue in downtown Los Angeles could not.

The $800 million Los Angeles Football Stadium at Grand Crossing is a venture of Industry-based Majestic Realty and would encompass 600 acres on the border of Industry and Diamond Bar, roughly 30 miles west of Riverside.

"This is ready to go," said Supervisor Marion Ashley, who authored the unanimously approved resolution stating the county's support for the project. "This stadium would be the easiest to get to, create less traffic problems. It would be right on the Metrolink line. There are many advantages. It's badly needed."

The resolution highlighted the 18,000 new jobs that would be created during and after construction of the 75,000-seat stadium, the estimated $762 million in economic activity it would stimulate and $21.2 in new tax revenue for regional governments.

Ashley and Chairman Bob Buster lauded the benefits Advertisement
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of a "centrally located" stadium that would be accessible from freeways linking the Inland Empire to Los Angeles and Orange counties, unlike a rival stadium proposed for downtown L.A.

The Anschutz Entertainment Group has put forward that billion-dollar plan, which calls for a 64,000-seat venue on the site of the Convention Center's West Wall. AEG is seeking $350 million in municipal bonds to cover part of the cost of building the new exhibition space.

A committee comprised of five Los Angeles City Council members was formed last month to study the proposed Downtown Stadium and Events Center.

No National Football League franchise has committed to either proposed location. Team owners locked out players in March following a breakdown in labor negotiations. A federal court ruling on whether the lockout should be lifted is expected any day.

Los Angeles has not had an NFL team since the Raiders went back to Oakland 16 years ago.

The project in Industry is described as "shovel-ready" and can be completed by 2012, according to Majestic Realty.



Comment Profile ImageRiverside Co Resident
Comment #1 | Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Doesn't matter if there is a new football stadium in City of Industry or Downtown LA, Riverside county residents who are interested in football would drive to either location. This area should be able to support two teams again, build both stadiums. It will really depend on the tenants on whether or not its a success.
Move the Chargers to Downtown and Raiders to City of Industry, everyones happy.
Comment Profile ImageRubidouxMadHouse
Comment #2 | Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 9:22 am
Why should San Diego lose their team? Downtown LA has always been the supporter of the Riaders. So if AIG wins the bid then they should get Al Davis to sell the Riaders and if the COI designs wins out then they should get the Rams to move back, but San Diego is the eighth largest city in America and deserves to keep its team.
Comment Profile ImageRamfan86
Comment #3 | Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm
4 letters.....R-A-M-S!!!! I want my Rams back. If it is anyonelse I will not support them. And San Diego loves their Chargers. They dont deserve to lose them.
Comment Profile ImageR.D. O'Bryan
Comment #4 | Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm
The author's grasp of NFL history in the LA area is curiously missing the departure of the Rams............a team that is the best candidate for a relocation:
No Al Davis.
No divisional, conference alignment required.
History and a fan base still in the area.
Comment Profile ImageAndyHogan14
Comment #5 | Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm
This is great news. IMO, the Orange County and San Bernardino County supervisors should throw their weight behind the Industry stadium as well. That site makes the most sense for the ENTIRE region.
Comment Profile ImageKurt
Comment #6 | Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm
"Grand Crossing" my arse. That it's next to a Metrolink Line is a crock compared to all the Metro Rail Lines that run into Downtown LA, 7 days a week, all day. This City of Industry stadium is just more worthless suburban sprawl.

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