Editorial: The NFL, Our New Neighbor
This is big.
The NFL’s decision to bring the Rams back home to L.A. with a $1.8-billion stadium and retail complex on the grounds of the former Hollywood Park horseracing track is a transformative moment for Inglewood and neighboring communities.
A largely working-class city of 110,000 residents, Inglewood is the right location for a new NFL stadium.
This is a city not just awaiting economic transformation but already making it happen through the recent $100-million makeover of The Forum, 3,000 homes in the works adjacent to the future stadium and additional plans
for wider neighborhood revitalization.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts is celebrating a stadium deal that requires no upfront investment from public coffers and promises a local hiring target similar to the one for The Forum that created hundreds of jobs for city residents.
Beyond professional football, this new stadium will be a world-class venue with the potential to host other major cultural and sporting events — quite possibly including a future Olympic Games. For Westside communities, this will continue to shift the region’s economic momentum in our direction.
We look forward to seeing Inglewood evolve into a city for the 21st century — a city that embraces the kind of growth and enrichment already happening west of the 405 while also striving to ensure current residents benefit from its rising fortunes.
Welcome back, Los Angeles Rams.