INGLEWOOD, California (AP) -- The NFL moved a step closer to returning to Los Angeles after Inglewood City Council approved plans on Tuesday to build a stadium that includes St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke as a partner.
The council approved the $2 billion plan with a 5-0 vote after a meeting with several hours of public comment and many vocal Rams fans wearing jerseys in attendance. There were only a handful of dissenters.
The vote adopts a new redevelopment plan without calling a public vote, sidestepping lengthy environmental reviews of issues such as noise, traffic and air pollution. Christopher Meany, executive vice-president of the Hollywood Park Land Development Company, emphasized that the plan does not include any taxpayer dollars.
It adds the 80,000-seat stadium to an existing 2009 plan to redevelop the former Hollywood Park racetrack site with homes, offices, stores, parks and open space and a hotel.
Kroenke is part of the Hollywood Park Land Co. development group that is promoting the project. But a plan is also in the works in St. Louis in hopes of keeping the team with a 64,000-seat stadium on the city's north riverfront.
New urgency for the plan came 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.