Rams’ stadium in Inglewood is expected to open in 2019, making it eligible for a future Super Bowl. However, in an unprecedented move, the NFL’s Super Bowl Advisory Committee has decided to make a departure from its own rules that a new stadium must be in operation for 2 full seasons to be considered.
This means Inglewood could see a Super Bowl in 2020 or 2021. Houston and Minneapolis will host the next two Super Bowls. Atlanta, South Florida and Tampa are also finalists to host one.
The league’s 32 owners are expected to vote in May on who gets the Bowl games.
Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Kevin Demoff, told the L.A. Times, “We began discussions with local leaders almost immediately after the vote on how to bring the Super Bowl to Los Angeles. We’ve continued those discussions with the NFL, and we’re excited by the opportunity to bid for either 2020 or 2021.
“We recognize there are a lot of great candidates who have already bid, and we’re working quickly to make sure that Los Angeles’ bid can be considered and we can return the Super Bowl to Southern California and Inglewood.”
Construction drawings on the $2.6 billion venue have yet to be finalized, so the NFL’s willingness to bend its own rules is significant. Ideal weather and location, coupled with the allure of a brand new state of the art facility, is making Inglewood irresistible.
Additional benefits include close proximity to the Fabulous Forum and Hollywood Park, which will feature plenty of retail and restaurant options. Construction of the light rail project, which will have 2 stations in Inglewood, is also expected to open in 2019, offering easy access to and from LAX.
Mayor James Butts summed it up best:
“This venue, being the largest, most expensive and newest arena in the world, will be situated on a sizable parcel of land, with transportation connectors in the middle of four freeways, 2 1/2 miles from the fifth-busiest airport in the country. We’re well situated to host a really great event.”