Inglewood City Council to Vote on Plans for LA-Area NFL Stadium

The Inglewood City Council could decide Tuesday to approve plans to build an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles suburb, fast-tracking a $2 billion project.
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The Inglewood City Council could decide Tuesday to approve plans to build an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles suburb, fast-tracking a $2 billion project in a sweepstakes that has seen similar proposals raise — and dash — hopes in surrounding cities. The City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to adopt a new redevelopment plan that includes an 80,000-seat stadium without calling a public vote, effectively kickstarting construction and sidestepping lengthy environmental review of issues such as noise, traffic and air pollution. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is part of the Hollywood Park Land Co. development group that is promoting the project, which could bring the NFL back to the Los Angeles area for the first time in 20 years. New urgency came to the issue last week with the announcement that the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in suburban Carson if they don't get their current hometowns to cough up enough money to replace their aging stadiums. Another stadium plan remains alive for downtown Los Angeles, but has no team attached. Tuesday's Inglewood vote would add the 60-acre stadium to a 2009 plan to redevelop the former Hollywood Park racetrack site with homes, offices, stores, parks and open space, a hotel and a casino.