this Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 file photo,The Oakland Raiders
and San Diego Chargers face off against each other during
the second half of an NFL football game in San Diego. The
Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared
stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get
new stadium deals in their current hometowns. The teams
announced plans for the $1.7 billion stadium in Carson in a
joint statement Thursday night, Feb. 19, 2015.
— The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a
shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get
new stadium deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in a
joint statement, adding another layer of complexity to a possible
NFL return to the region.
The proposed $1.7
billion stadium would be in Carson, 15 miles south of downtown Los
Angeles and home to the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team.
statement says the teams have tried and failed for years to find
stadium solutions in Oakland and San Diego, and without new
agreements in those cities their hands will be forced.
pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward
reason," the statement says. "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 plan creates
the odd prospect of divisional rivals suddenly sharing a home
field, and of Los Angeles having two NFL teams after going two
decades with none.
And it takes the
muddled issue of the NFL's return to Southern California and makes
it downright messy, with at least three viable stadium plans in
St. Louis Rams
owner Stan Kroenke is part of a joint venture to build an
80,000-seat stadium at the site of the former Hollywood Park horse
track just 10 miles from Carson in Inglewood.
And a plan
remains alive for an NFL facility in downtown Los Angeles. That
stadium known as Farmers Field, until recently the leading
candidate for the NFL's return, now becomes a long shot with
multiple competitors and no clear team attached.
month, the NFL sent a memo warning teams that the league itself
will be behind any decision to move to Southern California, and
established a committee of owners to review the options.
The Chargers and
Raiders statement says they will respect and adhere to the
guidelines the league laid out.
The teams said
they plan to work in good faith through 2015 to find new
agreements to stay in their current homes, where they are both in
year-to-year leases and both have sought public funding that has
been hard to get.
talks with San Diego City Hall to replace the nearly 50-year-old
Qualcomm Stadium have grown increasingly contentious. Mayor Kevin
Faulconer appointed an advisory group earlier this month to
recommend a site and financing plan for a new stadium that can go
on the November 2016 ballot. But Chargers' attorney Mark Fabiani
told the group that there may not be a publicly acceptable
solution to the problem and warned them against using the team for
The head of the
mayor's group Adam Day said the new plan came as a "complete
disappointing to hear the Chargers are moving forward with plans
in Los Angeles, we remain committed to finding a solution in San
Diego," Day said in a statement.
The Raiders' even
older Oakland Coliseum has had sewage and electrical problems and
is now the only stadium in the US used as the home for both an NFL
and Major League Baseball team, the Oakland Athletics. The team
wants to build a new stadium at the site but talks with the city
have shown little progress.
Libby Schaaf said she spoke Thursday night with team president and
CEO Marc Badain, "and he continued to assure me that the
Raiders' first priority is to stay in Oakland in a new
Schaaf said she
wants to be "a responsible steward of the public dollar, to
keep my sports teams and" to redevelop the neighborhood
around the Coliseum. She added: "I am committed to not
putting public dollars into stadium construction."
The Rams have
been in a similar struggle with St. Louis, but have made progress
with a burgeoning plan for a 64,000-seat stadium there on the
city's north riverfront.
All three teams
have Los Angeles ties. The Rams called the area home from 1946 to
1994, the Raiders were here from 1982 to 1994 and the Chargers
played their inaugural 1960 season in LA.