By: Kento Kato
The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers were scheduled to start playing at their new, shared, stadium in Los Angeles in 2019, but heavy rainfall in the area have pushed back those plans a year. The record-setting rain over the winter happened at the same time as the mass excavation period of construction. Instead of moving to the highly-anticipated $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood, CA in 2019, the Rams and Chargers will play an extra year at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Stub Hub Center respectively.
According to two NFL executives, the Rams could lose approximately $80 million in future revenue from having their transition to the new stadium pushed back one year. And the Rams, who were going to change their uniforms in 2019 in line with the opening of the 70,000 seat stadium, may have to push that back a year as well.
This not only impacts these two teams, but could possibly have an effect on where Super Bowl LV is played. Stan Kroenke, the Rams’ owner, who is also responsible for getting the stadium approved to host Super Bowl LV, will have to obtain a waiver to bypass an NFL rule that does not allow teams to host a Super Bowl at the end of a stadium’s inaugural season.
While a bit different, Roger Goodell has previously waived the league’s minimum temperature rule so that Super Bowl XLVIII could be played at the MetLife Stadium.