The Rams and Chargers will meet for the first time as L.A.’s own on Sunday. The next time the two teams face each other in the regular season will be in 2022, and it won’t be in the StubHub Center or L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
The L.A. Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park (LASED) will be in its third season of hosting Los Angeles home games by the time the two teams face off in their shared state of the art stadium.
On Tuesday, LASED was open to members of the media for a tour of the stadium and center piece of Inglewood’s 300-acre construction site. The Rams’ new home is set to welcome fans in 2020 and is over 50-percent completed.
Photographers snapped photos of the site’s latest milestone — the massive 2.4 million-pound first piece of the stadium’s canopy that was hoisted into place on August 25th. Placing the canopy over the stadium bowl is a colossal endeavor, involving one of the world’s largest cranes.
The crane used to put the canopy atop the stadium is one of 12 cranes on the site and is operated by Mammoet, a Dutch company and the global leader in engineered heavy lifting and transport. Moving just one piece of the canopy into place can take up to half a day.
LASED is also beginning to take on the look like an actual stadium, with approximately 65-percent of the precast seating risers (base for where the seats will be) finished in the stadium bowl.
Once completed, the stadium will measure more than 3 million square feet, but until then a workforce of approximately 3,000 is working around the clock to meet the project’s scheduled deadline.
The stadium will seat 70,240 people and is expandable up to 100,000. Aside from Rams and Chargers home games, the stadium is already set to host Super Bowl LVI in 2021, the College Football Playoff in 2023, and the 2028 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The stadium also has the potential to host 2026 World Cup games.
Rams Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff stood on the stadium’s “field” on Tuesday, speaking about the significance of L.A.’s new world-class stadium.
PHOTOS: LA Stadium Media Tour
Check out photos from the recent media tour updating on the progress on the new LA Stadium in Inglewood, Calif, the future home of the Los Angeles Rams.
“I think when you look back to The Forum in its heyday and when the racetrack was in its heyday, Inglewood was the epicenter of Los Angeles sports and I certainly think it has that chance to be again and I think that gives people a sense of pride,” Demoff told reporters in hard hats.
“The front door to Los Angeles is really going to change.”