Stadium for Rams, Chargers delayed; won't open until 2020

THURSDAY NOV. 17 2016 FILE

If uniform redesigns, which are rumored for the Rams and potentially the Chargers, were planned for the 2019 inaugural season to coincide with the L.A. Stadium opening, will these also be delayed to coincide with the new stadium timetable?

The Los Angeles Chargers will play in Carson at the StubHub Center, while the Rams will continue to play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum leading up to the 2020 season.

San Diego lost the Chargers to Los Angeles amid a almost decade-long stadium spat. The delay is blamed on heavy rains that have hindered the excavation process in recent months. Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, originally planned to open the stadium in time for the 2019 National Football League season.

It is unclear immediately what effect, if any, the one-season delay could have on the Super Bowl after that 2020 season. The NFL hasn't yet decided how it will react to the just-announced delay.

The Rams and Chargers will not move into their new stadium in Inglewood in 2019.

"Our focus is always on the fan experience", Chargers president A.G. Spanos said in a statement. That caused deep pools of water on the construction grounds, some as high as 15 feet, and stopped construction work for nearly 2 months, thus delaying the project. The foundation of the stadium is already under construction.

According to contractors, the stadium construction will provide more than 3,500 on-site construction jobs in Inglewood and more than 10,000 jobs by the time it is completed. The complex also includes plans for a hotel, retail space, office space and a 6,000-seat entertainment venue.

The ambitious stadium project backed by billionaire Rams owner Stan Kroenke was a prime factor in the league's decision to allow the Rams to come home from St. Louis last year, returning the NFL to Los Angeles after a 21-year absence from the nation's second-largest market.

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