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AEG Stadium Wrap: Anschutz Not Comfortable Yet, Gensler Wins First Round?

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Some Thursday morning quarterbacking after last night's AEG NFL conference: The LA Times' Sam Farmer has the most comprehensive story yet on where AEG is in terms of moving forward. Turns out AEG Philip Anschutz isn't even entirely on board yet with a NFL stadium! AEG's Tim Leieweke tells Farmer: "We had to get everything lined up in order for [Anschutz] to give us the green light. We're working on it, and we're making progress. But we're not there yet." More on that three-month deadline: "Asked what kind of assurances he can receive from the NFL, or from a team that might want to relocate, before the league has a new deal with its players, Leiweke said: "I'm not going to get into any of that, but what I can tell you is I think we can get Mr. Anschutz comfortable by March if we can get people to the right place."

Farmer also continues to re-iterate that the NFL "cannot turn its attention to the L.A. situation until it resolves its labor dispute with the players, and that could stretch into the fall."

And despite the talk about how this campus would cater to other sporting events, this is all about the NFL. From ESPN: "While AEG will not be able to officially announce which NFL team will be playing in their new stadium, all indications are the stadium will not be built without at least some assurance that an NFL team will be playing in it once it opens. Asked if a stadium would be built without an NFL team, Tanner said, "I don't think so."

Meanwhile, LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne isn't such a fan of the designs presented yesterday, writing that "safe, sleek, inoffensive corporate architecture was the order of the day at AEG's Wednesday news conference," while if there is a winner among these designs, Architect's Newspaper writes that while the "plans are still schematic, but at this point the most architecturally ambitious belongs to Gensler..."
· AEG's grand plans for a football stadium lack one thing — backing from the boss [LA Times]
· AEG reveals L.A. NFL stadium designs [ESPN]
· There's nothing groundbreaking in downtown L.A. stadium design proposals [LA Times]
· AEG Unveils Finalists for LA Stadium [Architects Newspaper]