The NFL owners are meeting this week in Arizona and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is expected to bring update designs and plans for his football stadium on the Hollywood Park site in Inglewood that will include accommodations for two NFL teams including two different home lockers and two sets of executive office suites.
The Los Angeles Times got a first look at the artist renderings and some of the features that would be included in the $1.86 billion venue that is privately financed. The Times reported that representatives for Kroenke and HKS, the architecture firm he’s employed, met with them to provide a first look at the detailed plans.
Some of the highlights to the stadium taken directly from the article:
–The stadium has a light metallic, wave-shaped structure featuring a roof that encompasses the stadium and a surrounding plaza, providing weather protection but remaining open on the sides. The stadium could host big indoor events such as a college basketball Final Four.
–The roof has metal borders, but the area over the playing field is made of a transparent material called ETFE, which is as clear as a car windshield and strong enough to support the weight of a vehicle. The design allows for breezes to flow through the building, enhancing the outdoor feel.
–The roof will be 275 feet above the playing surface, but since the sight is in the direct path of an LAX runway, buildings and structures can’t be more than 175 feet tall, so the field will be built in-ground. With the roof on the stadium, Kroenke could sell advertising for the 35 million travelers who fly into LAX.
HKS designed AT&T Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys and Lucas Oil Stadium for the Indianapolis Colts.
An NFL franchise must have of three-quarters of the league’s 32 owners in a vote to move. Any vote won’t take place before fall and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told The MMQB.com that his first preference would be for the Rams, Chargers and Raiders to work something out with the cities where they currently play. The league has already said no team would be allowed to move before next season.