New renderings of a proposed NFL stadium in Carson show an overhauled design that features a sleek sports-car inspired exterior with a 120-foot tower that rises above the main concourse.
The renderings released Thursday are concepts from the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders franchises that were presented this week to NFL officials. The original renderings presented two months ago were created in collaboration with Chargers representatives and the stadium architect.
"We wanted the building to be iconic and sleek, like a luxury sports car," David Manica, president of Manica Architecture, told the Los Angeles Times. "Very aerodynamic, in motion, flowing lines from every angle."
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The tower's can transforms to represent the team playing in the stadium, such as generating simulated lightning bolts when the Chargers are in action. The stadium has a horseshoe configuration, leaving one end open.
The design is likely to change again as the stadium process moves forward.
The Chargers and Raiders announced Feb. 19 they are working on a joint proposal to build a 72,000-seat stadium at Del Amo Boulevard and the 405 Freeway in Carson if they are unable to strike deals for new facilities in their respective cities. The Carson City Council voted 3-0 earlier this week to approve plans for the $1.7 billion football stadium that could house the team.
The council's move places Carson in direct competition with Inglewood, where the City Council voted unanimously Feb. 24 to approve an initiative allowing for construction of an 80,000-seat stadium planned by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke at the former Hollywood Park racetrack site. Although Kroenke is behind the project, the Rams have not announced any intention of moving back to the Los Angeles area.
An NFL team has not played in the Los Angeles area since 1994, when the Raiders and Rams relocated.