An L.A. Rams team mascot  decal from 1969

An L.A. Rams team mascot
decal from 1969

Venice Chamber teams up with the L.A. Rams for a Sign Lighting Block Party

The Venice Chamber of Commerce is rolling out the AstroTurf carpet to welcome the Rams back to Los Angeles two days ahead of their first regular season home game.

Windward Avenue between Main Street and Pacific Avenue will be closed to cars from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday for a block party with celebrity athlete appearances, family-friendly football activities and a ceremony to re-light the iconic Venice sign in blue, gold and white.

The event kicks off with a chance for fans to explore a Los Angeles Rams Fun Zone with all-ages activities that include a gridiron obstacle course as well as passing and kicking skills challenges.

L.A.-themed live music and entertainment starts at 6 p.m., with celebrity guests taking the stage at 7:45 p.m. for the sign lighting ceremony.

Rams legends, cheerleaders and mascot Rampage are expected to join Rams GM Kevin Demoff and L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin on stage to pull the switch, according to a chamber bulletin.

— Joe Piasecki

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