Rumors of reuniting Los Angeles with an NFL team heated up on Tuesday. Dodger Stadium entered the conversation now as a temporary venue for a football team.
Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Farmer tweeted, “An interesting wrinkle in the meandering NFL-to-LA odyssey: Dodger Stadium is in play as a potential temporary venue.”
Dodger Stadium hosts baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers play into September and only in October if they reach the post-season.
In the past, NFL and MLB scheduling have favored well for two professional franchises sharing one stadium. It is not always perfect, yet, proven possible.
Dodger Stadium has a few sites contending for an NFL team. The L.A. Coliseum hosts the USC Trojans during the course a college football season. Then there is the Rose Bowl of Pasadena.
Ultimately, any one of the three facilities are in the best condition possible to host an NFL franchise until a new and permanent stadium may be in place.
An interesting wrinkle in the meandering NFL-to-LA odyssey: Dodger Stadium is in play as a potential temporary venue.
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) October 7, 2014
In October 2013, Commissioner Roger Goodell discussed L.A. and London for hosting teams. “I’d love to be back in Los Angeles. But it has to be done the right way, we have to do it successfully.”
A report from Pro Football Talk a few days ago confirmed the league is heavily discussing a plan for L.A. in the next 12 to 24 months. Specifics to what team and what venue are still up for discussion.
Los Angeles once was the home for the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams. The Raiders and Rams relocated to their respected cities in 1995.
Both franchises are rumored as the heavyweights in returning to Los Angeles. Oakland’s O.co Coliseum has outdated features and internal issues.
St. Louis seems destined to return to L.A. when owner Stan Kroenke bought 60 acres of land in the L.A. area.
The San Diego Chargers have a yearly lease with an aging Qualcomm Stadium. In 1960, they started out in the AFL briefly as the Los Angeles Chargers.
The NFL is on the brink of a major development for the city of Los Angeles. Whether it is Dodger Stadium or not, there will be plenty of discussion ahead.[Photo Credit: Wikipedia]