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Three designs for downtown L.A. NFL stadium. Do they make the cut?

TalkbackThere is still much debate about public financing, environmental impacts and the rest. But developers have wasted no time displaying proposed designs for a downtown Los Angeles NFL stadium. Below are three firms' designs. Tell us which one you like.

Moreover, tell us whether you think L.A. should build a new football stadium in downtown L.A. (There's another proposal to build one in Industry.) See more photos here.


1) Gensler's stadium design.
A view of the outside of  HKS Sports and Entertainment's proposed downtown L.A. stadium.
2) HKS stadium design.
3) HNTB stadium design.
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I love them all, as long as taxpayers don't have to subsidize billionaires.

I like the HKS design but it looks like it might create bad shadow lines for NFL games.

I hope this downtown stadium gets built. Much better than way out of the 60 freeway in industry.

No. There is so much congestion downtown as it is. Downtown has become more residential than a business center.

The streets are packed with traffic and God forbid there is some sort of emergency...it's a disaster waiting to happen.

There are too many outlying areas that a stadium could be built that would offer plenty of space and movement.

We already have Staples, Convention Center, Disney, Music Center...enough already.

Build the new stadium in Industry...they could use it.

I like the design of the Gensler stadium the best.

Considering the proximity to the freeway what elements of the design will protect the players and ticket holders from the smog generated by the freeway? Might it be better to have an enclosed stadium?

What "green" features will there be? The Eagles stadium, as part of its make-over will include solar, wind, and a co-generation plant. The wind turbines are a helix design and could be incorporated into the design.

Bring Football Back to Los Angeles ....goooooooo Raiders

The Gensler version looks the best but I just don't understand why they would incur the extra cost of a retractable roof for a SoCal stadium. When they bring pro football back to town it has to be downtown. Nobody wants to drive inland where the smog suffocates you - and Industry/Irwindale are 'ugly'. Plus, NFL games are usually on Sunday afternoon or evening when the traffic is not too bad.

Downtown, especially this area, does not need a stadium.

Top one is best. Middle looks like Walt Disney Concert Hall.

I began watching PRO FOOTBALL in 1947 - RAMS VS DETROIT in the coliseum and followed it ever since.

L.A. should have an EXPANSION TEAM, not somebody else's franchise. It's tough in the beginning but ultimately pays big dividends.

R. Dorff

Pretty much anything that Gensler touches looks like it belongs on the wrong side of the tracks in Vegas. The Ritz Carlton has got to be the ugliest cheapest most confusing piece of architecture around. The interior is like a maze of parking garage corridors in a second rate Beverly Center. Looking out from from the 24th floors is like staring through the bottom of dirty beer bottle. What ever happens please AEG do not use Gensler for this project. You should know better from staring up at that "Rio" on Fig. HKS is the way to go.

The first design looks best, but they'd better make sure they build a huge parking garage underneath.

The NFL doesn't need more expansion teams. Talent in the league is thin enough as it is.

NOOOOOO!!!!! Whose bright idea was it to locate this stadium downtown???

Downtown is the knot in the freeway system that strangles cross-t0wn traffic.
This is a BAD IDEA!!!

Why not locate the stadium in a neighborhood that could use the influx of capital?

they should build it out on the city of industry. to much traffic right now on weekdays and weekend imagine when they build that stadium how busy the traffic and parking is gonna be. I think that SGV is the best way to go and and we need to improve expansion to the valley. and it the middle of all freeways running through the middle of the 10 and the 60th freeway.

I saw a better design plan for the location being Irwindale. There were no nose bleed sections, the tiers were gradule. L.A. never wanted to do anything about a new L.A. football team, now all of a sudden they see big bucks and want the whole pie. Check out Irwindale's design plans and let people decide where.

I like #1 the best. I'm guessing the retractible roof may be a requirement if it is also going to host other events like concerts. Plus NFL is a fall / winter sport and we've been having rain almost every weekend so far it seems ;)

I agree with the post about games being on Sundays... traffic will be up on game day but I think most people are over reacting. And hey, if you chose to live in a Downtown of a major metro city you are asking for traffic and crowded streets.... deal with it or move out of the city.

Build it in Industry. That part of LA is full of crime. They riot every time the Lakers win championships.

#1 or #2. The most important thing is parking, and ease of getting in and out. If you design good flow some people may stay into the 4th quarter.

The most important thing is that there is a train to the stadium so people don't have to drive.
So, I guess that means downtown idea is probably better...
@ oc lilly 1- good point, this stadium should lead the country in green technology there's no need to add more pollution to our city!

The first one looks awesome. Way better than the Industry plan. Plus, downtown already has the infastructure to support the legions of fans swarming in via freeway or rail.

Well, we know it's definitely not gonna be run by Ari Gold.

Well if they go with the retractable roof, just think of all the other events they can host in LA. You now can get the Final 4 since nobody other then Glendale really has the venue needed to fit the Final 4. Also that would most likely be your Pac 12 football title game site, plus other misc. events.

This stadium WILL use taxpayer dollars. They are going to tear down the convention center and have us build it back up the way they want it to be. This stadium is going to be more expensive than the one in industry. The one in industry will use the landscape as part of the architecture while the one in downtown will be a free standing structure. Then we have the issue of the roads and freeways. Let's face it, Los Angeles can barely handle the traffic of a Justin Bieber concert, imagine a full on football game? As a taxpayer, I'm not convinced that the Downtown location is the best decision and if it is selected I will surely be asking for a full investigation of the finances.

The first drawing from the top looks the best. which ever on they decide on should have a dome which is earthquake proof and flexiable to open and shut.

Los Angeles needs a football team. And wherever this stadium gets built, it needs to be accessible to public transportation via train!!

I think it would be great to have a new stadium in the downtown area next to the Staple Center. The Downtown area is looking good right now. Also. I would prefer a neww team and stay with them until they win. I amm a woman who loves football and a native of Loa Angeles who want a team again. The 1. picture is my choice. And with our weather we don't need a roof.

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