Stadium Watch: New stadium renderings
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Chargers released new renderings for an open air stadium in Carson that’s L.A.-centric, but customized for both the Chargers and the Raiders.
The design firm calls it a, “building as iconic and sleek as a sports car,” featuring lightning bolts for the Chargers and an eternal flame honors Raiders’ owner, Al Davis.
Stadiums these days are monuments to wealth and power, rivaling the teams on the field.
This one is bowl shaped like the historic Coliseum with the fans seated in a horse-shoe configuration with one end of the stadium open.
When the Chargers play, lightning bolts shoot out a glass encased tower when the team scores.
When the Raiders play, a flame burns in a cauldron in honor Al Davis.
Both teams once played in L.A. and the stadium will reflect that history.
The design was presented to the NFL’s L.A. committee in New York on Wednesday.
Tuesday, in Carson, the City Council voted to move forward on the stadium without a vote putting this stadium plan on sort of equal footing with a proposed stadium for the Rams in Inglewood.
“While we and the raiders continue to work with our home cities we are excited about Carson and a shared solution,” said Jeffrey Pollack of the Chargers.
The previous day, San Diego announced the hiring of CitiGroup as its investment banker and the law firm, Nixon Peabody. Both have experience in stadium issues and will help the city get a stadium built. A National University study showed there’s a chance the voters would approve a stadium deal.
“We have fund overall using statistical methods using voter data and couple of different programs that in fact this is winnable on the ballot,” said Vince Vasquez from National University.
“Either it all gets resolved before then or the league sorts it out privately. If one team files, I think all three teams will file,” said Mark Fabiani.
Another progress report on both stadiums will be presented to the NFL’s 32 owners next month in San Francisco.
The AP quotes commissioner Roger Goodell said both projects are viable, with great potential to bring football back to Los Angeles.
Mark Fabiani told Bolt-Blitz.com the Carson option will be exercised if a solution is not found in San Diego this year.