Following in the footsteps of Inglewood, the Carson City Council unanimously approved a proposal for a privately funded NFL stadium on Tuesday night, according to Tim Logan and Nathan Feeno of the Los Angeles Times. Whereas the Inglewood stadium project centers on the Rams, the Carson proposal was put forth by the Raiders and Chargers.
Like Inglewood, Carson received the signatures necessary to avoid scheduling a public vote for later in the summer, and will also be able to skip lengthy environmental reviews. City Council voted 3-0 in favor of the project. However, while the $1.7 billion stadium proposal now has local approval, that’s just one early step in what will be a long process.
As the Times piece outlines, the 26-page initiative petition related to the project pledged that no tax dollars will be used, but provided very few specific details about the stadium’s construction. In addition to the L.A. stadium proposals for Inglewood and Carson, the cities of St. Louis, San Diego, and Oakland are also working to keep their franchises with new stadiums.
While there has been some optimism about one or two NFL franchises moving to the Los Angeles area as soon as the 2016 season, neither the Inglewood nor the Carson stadium would be ready for several years, so any team moving to L.A. would need a temporary home in the interim.