Stan Kroenke: Rams stadium opening delayed until 2020


The Rams moved back to Los Angeles last season after playing in St. Louis from 1995-2015.

According to the the Los Angeles Times, the delay has to do with the unusually high level of rainfall in Southern California during the construction of the stadium itself.

The new facility, to be shared by the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, will now open in 2020 instead of 2019, both teams announced Thursday. The massive project also includes a 300-acre entertainment district, a 6,000-seat performance arena and extensive office space and retail space. Part of the reason why he delay was so long and the stadium won't open until 2020 is obviously due to the rain. As Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network noted, the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl needed a waiver to host in 2014.

The delay means the team will remain at the Coliseum for three more seasons. They've hindered the extensive excavation necessary to complete the large project.

"And we encountered nearly double that in two months, which came at the most critical time", Koger explained. Rams officials said the water depth sometimes reached 12 to 15 feet. Unfortunately, this means that the Rams will be forced to play at the Los Angeles Coliseum for one more season.

Excavation of the site, which formerly housed the Hollywood Park racetrack, started in November, but the teams said that weather delays in January, February and March have made it infeasible for the stadium to open for the 2019 National Football League season, as scheduled. Climate research conducted before construction began allotted for 30 days of wiggle room for rain, but a six-month stretch from October through April produced 120 percent the amount of rain for a typical year.

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the news during a Thursday teleconference (via the Los Angeles Times). With an estimated 70,000 seats and a 6,000 seat entertainment venue that is adjacent to the stadium, it becomes what is not unlike what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones enjoys in Arlington: a multi objective stadium that hosts everything from concerts to college bowl games, AND Super Bowls.

The stadium needed to be built on a 90-foot hole - now fully excavated - to avoid radar issues for planes flying into nearby Los Angeles International Airport. Juggling two teams' home schedules and Super Bowl preparation won't be easy. However, if there's no new stadium then they really don't have an incentive to release their new uniforms as well.