“And speaking from a building perspective, it really couldn’t have come at a worse time”. The team went 4-12, handed the Titans a top-five draft pick, fired coach Jeff Fisher and made a decision to document the whole thing. Right now, National Football League rules state a stadium can’t host the Super Bowl during its inaugural season.
The rain fell to the bottom of a 70-foot deep hole. During the height of the winter rain, that bowl filled with 15 feet of water, putting a halt to work, Koger said. Therefore, scheduling construction projects or outdoor events is usually not an issue, as L.A. averages a measly 18.67 inches of rain per year and a whopping 292 days of sunshine. Instead, it lost twice that in two months.
Developers said the project’s already ambitious timetable left little room for surprises.
“Obviously it’s a disappointment when you’ve been working on something every day”, Rams executive Kevin Demoff said via conference call Thursday evening.
“The development team felt it best to make the decision now, early in the process, to cause the least amount of disruption to our fans, partners and the community later on”.
The stadium is now expected to open for the 2020 season.
Demoff said Thursday that the process with the National Football League and uniform-maker Nike had begun and that the Rams are eligible to rebrand in 2019. “StubHub Center is a world-class facility and we have worked closely with the Chargers to create a unique, intimate and unparalleled experience by implementing various enhancements throughout the facility”. According to the L.A. Times, the Rams plan on playing at the Coliseum in Los Angeles for two more years – a move that is allowed under the terms of their current lease from the University of Southern California.
It’s also rumored that the Rams could lose an estimated $80 million by the one year delay. The Rams are financing the stadium to be shared with the Los Angeles Chargers.
“Our focus is always on the fan experience”, said A.G. Spanos, president of business operations for the Chargers.
Now the Rams will share in the luxuries of a newly-renovated Coliseum -with new video screens, widened seats and more aisles- for a season before they jump to their new home.
The stadium is the first part of a multiple-phase project on a site that’s 3½ times the size of Disneyland.