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Rams Likely to Land at Coliseum Before Move to Inglewood Stadium

The Los Angeles-bound Rams will have a temporary home this fall, most likely at the LA Coliseum, until a new stadium with a roof is ready for use in Inglewood in 2019.

It's the stadium where the Rams first played in LA more than half a century ago.

Coliseum officials are expected to meet with the Rams in the next couple of weeks to prepare for the 2016 season.

They'll work with the team to decide how ticket pricing will be structured and work out logistics. They say the toughest part will be back-to-back Trojan and Ram games. The Coliseum is also scheduled to undergo $700 million in renovations.

"Probably our biggest challenge will be in the fall when we have a Saturday USC football game and then a Sunday Rams game," said Joe Furin, the LA Coliseum manager.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he's "psyched" about the return of the Rams.

"As I always said, any team, whether it landed in Carson, downtown (L.A.), which is my initially preferred site, or Inglewood ... is going to be good for L.A.," Garcetti said in a radio interview on Wednesday. "We talked about our hotels in the city of L.A. being filled when these games are on; we talked about our airport having activity when people fly in from out of town. And the same people would have constructed the stadium no matter which of the cities it landed in, so we'll still have those jobs."


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The Rams had many of their glory years at the Coliseum. They moved there in 1946 but on the condition that the team be integrated which the National Football League was not at the time. UCLA's Kenny Washington became a Ram and the First African American NFL player.

The Rams moved to Anaheim in 1979 and eventually left Southern California for St. Louis. The coliseum then became home to the USC Trojans.

Meeting in Houston, NFL owners on Tuesday approved plans for an 80,000-seat stadium on the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood. The vote marked the return of the NFL to Los Angeles, which has not had a franchise since 1994.

Garcetti said he was looking forward to a Super Bowl being played in the Southland.

"As a lifelong Rams fan, I am so psyched that they're coming here, and I'm proud to have been a part of helping push forward with the NFL that we are a unified region, wanting to bring football back to L.A.,"  Garcetti said.

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