Stadium for Rams, Chargers delayed; won't open until 2020


"Stan's decision on this was based on delivering a world-class stadium at the highest quality possible, and that was the only basis for this decision".

The weather brought work on the project to a standstill for two months earlier this year. The district is envisioned to include a roughly 6,000-seat arena, more than 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space, 2,500 residential units and possibly a 300-room hotel, along with 25 acres of parks and open space. League rules won't allow a stadium to host the Super Bowl during its initial season.

We'd expect the National Football League to grant a waiver to allow the Super Bowl to take place in 2021 as scheduled; the Giants and Jets received one to host the first open-air cold-weather Super Bowl in 2014.

It is unclear immediately what effect, if any, the one-season delay could have on the Super Bowl after that 2020 season. "Our focus is more on the caliber of building than the exact year of the Super Bowl". While construction delays aren't uncommon, the reason was rather surprising: too much rain.

"Construction is our family business, so we understand the challenges that come with a project of this magnitude", Spanos said.

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The Chargers will continue to play at the StubHub Center in Carson, while the Rams will stay at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the next three seasons, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Rams, who were originally the only tenants in the new stadium before the Chargers moved north this offseason, released a statement about the delay.

"If that's as long as it takes for them to get the stadium right, that's fine by me", said Tom Bateman, a Rams season ticket-holder.

Per Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times, developers determined they wouldn't be able to make the planned 2019 opening due to massive rainfall during the "mass excavation" portion of the construction.