Chargers stadium opening in Inglewood delayed until 2020

A rendering of the delayed Inglewood Stadium. Image courtesy of the Chargers

A rendering of the delayed Inglewood Stadium. Image courtesy of the Chargers

Developers are blaming the delay on the massive amount of rainfall that California had this past year, much of which fell during excavation for the site.

That means that the Rams will exercise an option in their lease and play the 2019 season in the L.A. Coliseum, while the Chargers will continue on for another year at the 27,000-seat StubHub Center in Carson, where the MLS' L.A. Galaxy play. The Los Angeles Rams are financing the stadium to be shared with the Los Angeles Chargers.

The stadium is now expected to open for the 2020 season.

When the Rams returned to 2016, they came with the promise of a new stadium that would be built in Inglewood. The NFL hasn't yet decided how it will react to the just-announced delay.

"Our focus is always on the fan experience", said president of business operations A.G. Spanos.

"Construction is our family business, so we understand the challenges that come with a project of this magnitude". The downpour happened at a time when crews were digging the enormous hole on which the stadium would sit; at times the unfinished hole would pool up with water and end up looking like a lake. The delay will allow construction to proceed at a more conventional pace, according to a statement issued by the Chargers.

The stadium is part of a $2.6 billion entertainment complex that is proposed to include a 6,000-seat performing arts space, mammoth office spaces, 300 hotel rooms and residential housing. The foundation of the stadium is already under construction.

Los Angeles was granted the 2021 Super Bowl last May soon after the Rams were approved for relocation to Los Angeles from St. Louis.

It now apparently rains enough in Southern California to delay the opening of an National Football League stadium.

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