First, it was reported that maybe a NFL stadium would be headed to Chavez Ravine, and now the Los Angeles Times breaks the story that Casey Wasserman and Tim Leiweke are looking into putting an NFL stadium behind Staples Center, where the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center is currently situated. Via the paper: "It's hard enough to build one stadium in the L.A. area, and there aren't going to be two. This concept, therefore, would be in direct competition with the one that billionaire Ed Roski hopes to develop in the City of Industry.
That would pit Leiweke and Roski, both of whom played major roles in getting Staples Center done.
John Semcken, the point man on Roski's project, acknowledged that there isn't room in Southern California for two stadium projects, but he said they have no plans to abandon theirs." Of course, Industry's stadium deal is pretty much all cleared up, but they still have to build the thing, and find a team. But the location of the project is anything but ideal, as has been pointed out by critics. But back to the LA stadium: If the convention gets, are all those loft dwellers in South Park going to have listen to football cheers?
· Another NFL stadium plan for L.A.? [LA Times]