NFL in LA: Play By Play

Recent approvals could move the stadium dream closer to a reality.

By Samantha Tata
|  Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011  |  Updated 1:26 PM PDT
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NFL in LA: Play By Play

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Three years, two proposals, dozens of meetings and a few anti-stadium petitions later, Los Angeles' bid for an NFL football stadium is a few yards closer to the end zone.

Follow the timeline to see the fumbles, tackles, rushes and downs along the way.

Aug. 9, 2011: City council members unanimously approve a Memorandum of Understanding with Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which requires a full Environmental Impact Review of the project and details a 55-year lease for the land under the existing West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. With similarly approved proposals on the table, AEG and Majestic Realty are continuining to competitively court NFL teams.

Aug. 3, 2011: A city council panel supports the financial framework for AEG’s plan, setting the stage for another nine months of talks between the two parties and sending the agreement to a full council vote Aug. 9.

July 28, 2011: Valley residents have a chance to express their concerns over a potential stadium. Divided residents cited city pride, tax and business revenue, as well as traffic, among reasons to support or reject the plan. 

July 27, 2011: High school football players, construction workers and even NBA alum turned business mogul Magic Johnson turned out to LA City Hall to comment on the possibility of a football stadium.

July 26, 2011: City officials release a draft agreement detailing a 55-year lease of the land under the existing West Hall of the LA Convention Center. AEG would pay $6.5 million for the land upon which a stadium and parking structure will be built.

July 25, 2011: Lewieke tells NBC4 he hopes to break ground in early 2012, citing an owner willing to take the risk on the $1.5 billion project.

July 20, 2011: An LA stadium is expected to generate $41 million in annual tax revenue, $22 million of which would go to the city, according to a report authored by Bruce Baltin of PKF Consulting USA, a firm hired by Anschutz Entertainment Group.

June 10, 2011: AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke says he’s been talking with representatives from the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars as potential migrants to LA.

March 30, 2011: Residents are invited to an open house at the downtown convention center to present environmental concerns to LA’s planning department.

March 3, 2011: Majestic Realty stops referring to their proposed location as Industry, claiming it conjures up negative images. They begin addressing the potential stadium site as Grand Crossing.

Feb. 7, 2011: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa posts a YouTube video expressing his support of bringing an NFL stadium and team back to City of Angels.

Feb. 4, 2011: NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell says Los Angeles is on the right path toward achieving its stadium, but still has a long, namely financial, road ahead.

Feb. 1, 2011: The proposed NFL stadium will be named Farmer’s Field, after a 30-year naming-rights deal worth $700 million was squared away with the insurance company. But there is still no football team to occupy the gridiron.

Dec. 16, 2010: AEG reveals a futuristic-looking drawing proposal that includes an NFL stadium and expanded convention center.

Dec. 9, 2010: Leiweke announces AEG will absorb the stadium’s billion-dollar tab, save $350 million in government issued bonds that he promised would be repaid from event taxes.

Nov. 15, 2010: Staples Center-owner AEG proposes a competing bid for a retractable-roof “event center” downtown and convention center expansion project.

Jan. 26, 2010: City of Industry’s 82 registered voters approve $500 million in infrastructure bonds, some of which are allocated to support billionare and Majestic Realty president Ed Roski’s $800-million stadium proposal.

Jan. 15, 2010: Over 18,000 news jobs associated with the stadium development start going up-for-grabs at the Joe Jobs Expo.

Jan. 7, 2010: Gov. Schwarzenegger signs a bill that exempts the LA stadium from environmental regulations and nullifies a lawsuit over the project’s environmental impact report by the citizens in neighboring Walnut.

Jan. 6, 2010: City of Walnut residents file a petition challenging Majestic Realty’s stadium plans, claiming construction was approved without an adequate environmental impact report critiquing the stadium’s effect on air quality, traffic and quality of life.

Nov. 3, 2009: Majestic Realty Co.’s website receives over 140,000 inquiries about general admission, club seats and luxury suites to watch a team that doesn’t exist play in a stadium that hasn’t been built.

Oct. 14, 2009: California legislature exempts a proposed NFL stadium in Industry from state environment laws. The theoretical 75,000-seat stadium would sit near the interchange of the Orange (57) and Pomona (60) freeways.

Sept. 24, 2009: Roski settles with the city of Walnut for $9 million, an annual payment and promises to mitigate traffic issues during stadium construction.

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