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The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are considering a plan that would see them build a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson for them to share.
Both teams are pursuing plans to build stadiums in their hometowns but will move forward with Carson stadium if those plans do not come together, The Los Angeles Times reports.
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The teams gave this statement to The Times: “We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: 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 teams are working with Carson2gether, a group of local business and labor leaders, to explore the opportunity. The group will announce the project at a press conference Friday at the 168-acre site of the proposed stadium. It is located at the southwest quadrant where the 405 Freeway intersects with Del Amo Boulevard. The group plans to begin a petition drive for a ballot initiative that would seek for voters to approve the deal.
Carson, a suburb south of Los Angeles, is also home to L.A. Galaxy’s stadium, StubHub Center.
L.A. has been without an area NFL team for more than 20 years, when the then-L.A. Rams left Anaheim for St. Louis in 1994. In October, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city was “highly likely” to get an NFL team in 2015.
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