So it’s down to two – two remaining NFL-to-LA stadium plans that is. Following news that AEG has dropped its downtown stadium plan, we are left with the San Diego Chargers – Oakland Raider possible stadium share in Carson, CA and an updated Stan Kroenke-led plan to build a new $1.8 billion stadium on the site of the old Hollywood Race Track in Inglewood, CA.
As reported by LA Times’ Sam Bradford, HKS Architects have been working hard and fast (this sounds like every project this architect has ever worked on) to wrap up the schematic design on an 80,000-seat, ETFE enclosed roof, open air, privately-financed mega project adjacent to the historic LA Forum.
HKS put an exclamation mark on this stage with a bevy of renderings for Mr. Kroenke to show-off at the upcoming NFL Owners meetings. Whether the project will ever be built, whether Kroenke’s Rams will stay put in St. Louis, whether LA will continue to be a pawn in stadium negotiations across the country remains to be seen. However, built or not, the architectural innovation discovered in these hypothetical projects, the time spent on schemes can and often does inform future projects. So the expansive transparent ETFE roof you see in these renderings will be a reality someday, whether or not they are for this LA Stadium scheme remains to be seen. For now, we enjoy pretty pictures.