01/05/2015 12:45PM

Rams owner plans NFL stadium at Hollywood Park site


The old home of Hollywood Park racetrack might be the new home of an NFL team as early as 2016.

Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, and Stockbridge  Capital Group, which owns the 238-acre site of the former racetrack, have reached an agreement to build an NFL stadium, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

Kroenke owns 60 acres that once were the racetrack’s parking lot. Stockbridge would add to the project with land formerly used for the racetrack. The proposal is the latest in a two-decade push by various parties, including former Hollywood Park owner R.D. Hubbard, to build an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area. Hubbard was in talks with the Oakland Raiders in 1995 to move the team to Hollywood Park, discussions that eventually fell apart.

Various other sites around the Los Angeles area have been mentioned as venues for a stadium. The league has not had a presence in the Los Angeles area since the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders to Oakland in 1994. Kroenke did not own the Rams at the time.

The Rams have stated a desire to improve their existing stadium in downtown St. Louis and could leave that city in time for the 2016 NFL season. Any proposed move would have to be approved by NFL owners.

Hollywood Park closed as a racing venue in December 2013. The last horses left the property last January. In the last year, the barn area and racetrack have been demolished for eventual use for a variety of commercial and residential purposes that one day could include an 80,000-seat sports stadium.

Walter More than 1 year ago
It's too bad the Bay Meadows Land Company is getting bailed out by an NFL stadium being built there at Hol. They had the terrible idea of leveling Hol and making it a residential and corporate park. That idea was obviously bad and residences wouldn't sell in Inglewood, but a football stadium will work fine. Horse racing loses again.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
This cat will parlay public funds to build this joint for a tax-free team... The people get it in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
horse racing is fixed. but so is nfl football
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Anonymous= disjointed troll
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Anonymous won't give even an inkling to what evidence he possesses for his allegations. I no longer will feed this troll.
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
You didn't watch the Cowboys-Lions game then.....Da fix is in.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
you got that right
Cheryl Kleist More than 1 year ago
Boycott if it is built
stockmann9914 . More than 1 year ago
This guy is just squeezing a stadium out of the city of St Louis. Smart business move.
Marty B More than 1 year ago
Bad Move!