Los Angeles is in the mix as a possible home for the 2020 Super Bowl — if the city has a stadium.
With discussions ongoing about a franchise returning to LA, the league said during NFL meetings Wednesday that if a stadium is built in LA by 2018, the city would become a candidate to host the 2020 Super Bowl.
While there's no stadium blueprint just yet, that doesn't mean there aren't plans for one. Two cities, Carson and Inglewood, are vying for an NFL stadium.
Even with a stadium, LA would be facing stiff competition.
New Orleans, Atlanta, South Florida and Tampa have indicated they will be bidding for both the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls. The owners won't decide on who gets hosting honors until next year.
"Anticipating that (a stadium) might happen, it was necessary to tell the competing clubs, the four clubs that were selected to compete for Super Bowl 53 and 54, there's a possibility that another club could be added to the mix, if there's a relocation proposal that is voted and if that proposal provides for a stadium to be done in time," NFL Vice President Eric Grubman said.
The Chargers and Raiders announced Feb. 19 they were working on a joint proposal to build a 72,000-seat stadium in Carson if they are unable to strike deals for new facilities in their respective cities. The Carson City Council voted in April to approve plans for the $1.7 billion football stadium that could house the team.
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The council's move placed 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.