The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are working together on a plan to build a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, Calif., that the two teams will share.
According to a joint statement released to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday night, the Chargers’ and Raiders’ reasoning behind this venture is clear: They might not have any better choices.
“We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises,” the statement read, via the Times.
The Chargers and Raiders both are on short-term leases in their current stadiums — Qualcomm Stadium and O.co Coliseum, respectively — and are seeking public subsidies to fund new venues in their home towns. If they can’t get deals done by the end of the year, however, the teams are hoping a detailed proposal for a move to Carson can serve as another option.
The proposed plan calls for a privately financed stadium with a capacity of about 68,000 in Carson, a suburb located roughly 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
The Raiders, of course, spent over a decade in L.A. from 1982 to 1994, while the Chargers say 25 percent of their fan base resides in Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to the Times.
The league has ruled out any teams relocating this season, and both teams would need to have a temporary home while the stadium was built. For fans clamoring for NFL football in L.A., though, this news certainly is a positive development.
Thumbnail photo via Manica Architecture/Los Angeles Times
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