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New plan would put NFL stadium next to Staples Center

April 16, 2010 | 11:40 am


There is a new push to build an NFL stadium behind Staples Center, where the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center now sits.

The idea is to replace that convention space elsewhere in the general area, multiple sources have told The Times' Sam Farmer.

So far, the concept is in the preliminary stages, although the NFL is aware of it and is monitoring its progress.

The convention center site is owned by the city. It is within walking distance of the newly constructed, 1,000-room hotel that AEG, the company that owns Staples Center, built in the Staples Center/LA Live sports and entertainment complex.

This concept, which is being backed by AEG head Tim Leiweke and businessman Casey Wasserman, would be in direct competition with the $800-million project that billionaire Ed Roski hopes to develop in the City of Industry.

Since the Raiders and the Rams left the region after the 1994 season, communities across the Southland have tried to rally support for NFL stadiums within their boundaries, to little avail. Anaheim and Carson considered but ultimately abandoned the idea of building stadiums. Pasadena's Rose Bowl and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum both were ultimately rejected as potential sites.

Read more on the story here.

Photo: L.A. Live complex next to Staples Center. L.A. Times file.