"I really believe that in the next year we'll have two teams in that market," New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday during a break from the annual owners meetings. "I think there are good plans, we have a committee that's working with the owners, and we have some real good options."
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones echoed that "a solution is in the crosshairs."
St. Louis Rams' owner Stan Kroenke will need any awfully big shovel for the ceremonial first dig for the new NFL Stadium in Inglewood, CA. The plan is to dig 100 feet below the earth's surface. The stadium design is similar to the University of Michigan(Big House). BleacherReport:
The primary reason why the Big House is able to hold so many fans is because of where the bowl actually rests in relation to ground level. Nearly 75 percent of the stadium had to be built below ground level to offset the effects of a high water table.
Size does matter when it comes to talking about the best stadiums. The design will allow for future renovations and expansion. The fans have been waiting for over 20 years for an NFL team or teams to call LA home.
The competing proposals are only part of the story. There is also an intense focus by the league on the three current home markets — St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland — and the measures those cities are taking to keep their teams.
Rams' owner Stan Kroenke has the entitlements he needs to move ahead on the Hollywood Park stadium. Alex Spanos of the San Diego Chargers is linked to the Carson, CA project in conjunction with the Oakland Raiders. The owners will look at the New York Giants and New York Jets as model franchises who currently share a stadium as equal partners.
Fans are going to need to buy programs to find out which team plays in which stadium. The proposals will be presented to the owners in May.
"If it seems too good to be true, it probably is."
Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.
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