Posted January 31, 2014

Report: St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke buys possible stadium site in Los Angeles

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Rams owner Stan Kroenke bought 60 acres of land. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Rams owner Stan Kroenke bought 60 acres of land. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, recently bought a stadium-sized plot of land near Los Angeles, according to The Los Angeles Times’ Sam Farmer.

Farmer reported that the area of land “potentially could be used for an NFL stadium,” fueling speculation of a possible Rams franchise return to the area. The land Kroenke purchased is a 60-acre parking lot between Hollywood Park and the Los Angeles Forum.

The Times, however, suggests that the 60-acre plot in itself is too small for a stadium to be built on, plus the additional parking that would be required. There is an adjacent 238-acre site, but it is unclear if Kroenke would be able to purchase any of that land for multiple reasons.

The Rams, however, could get out of their lease at the Edward Jones Stadium after the 2014 season, according to the report.

The Rams would also face a number of immediate hurdles should the franchise decide to leave St. Louis. First, a move would require the backing of three-quarters of the NFL’s 32 owners. St. Louis has already suggested it would at least publicly fund a part of a potential new stadium — something that is unlikely in Los Angeles — so it would be more difficult to get the go-ahead from the NFL on any potential relocation.

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65 comments
CincyToLondon
CincyToLondon

I think he is building a stadium for his impending MLS expansion team. He owns Arsenal of the English Premier League, he wants an American expansion of that side.....

DemetriusHatch
DemetriusHatch

I am sick of la folk disrespecting st.louis  I know you want a football team but but st.louis deserves one two


MaryCastillo-Mann
MaryCastillo-Mann

St Louis fan don't have anything to worry about if they leave. Because they'll just be just like us a fan always. Rams fan will be together and stand together and will just be stronger

MaryCastillo-Mann
MaryCastillo-Mann

would love to see the Rams come home to LA I've been a long time fan growing up in the city of Los Angeles and miss them very much when they left never stop being a fan and always will be hope they come home because this is where they belong

Matthew W
Matthew W

If he buys the land and pays for the stadium without a cent of public money whoop-di-doo. 


Kronke is a notorious cheapskate who's sporting teams are cellar dwellers.

davetheG
davetheG

BTW, the Green Bay Packers are the longest operating NFL team without changes. Unlike the Staleys (now the Bears) and Chicago Cardinals who moved, the Pack has operated the longest without change. Sorry Dayton Triangles who became the Colts, the original Colts went bankrupt in the early 1950's and the Dallas Texans of 1952 moved to Baltimore. This is not the same Dallas Texans team of the Hunt fame who moved in 1960 to KC.

MichaelPGrande
MichaelPGrande

Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams on fb #LARAMS2015

FifthInTheOrder
FifthInTheOrder

How much did he deposit? Is he paying monthly?  Who were the parties involved in the signing of the contract?  Will there be any taxes paid in case he misses a monthly payment? Is it conditioned that he should pay for electricity, running water and so on?  


So many questions ...

MadDoser
MadDoser

This guy just wants a new stadium so that the value of his franchise will go up.  The stadium was just built 15 years ago or so I think.

yankees1956
yankees1956

Rams fan I am. I don't care where they call Home,this is my team for life since 1969. I lived in NJ and now in Pa. this is why I do not care. I just want another Rams Super Bowl Championship soon. 


Jim21
Jim21

How many NFL teams does Cali need? Don't they have enough stabbings and carousing going on at their other venues without adding to the mix - especially in LA. 

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

The EJ Dome opened in 1995!  Kroenke can't seriously expect a new stadium already! What a joke.  


Life without an NFL team is far better than agreeing to fund a new stadium, St. Louis!  This would set a ridiculous precedent.  Have the taxpayers paid off the first stadium yet?  What's wrong with it?  This is just baffling.


Let's get rid of the city affiliations for every team, and they'll just move around the country every 20 years to whichever city will cough up a new billion dollar stadium.

Centrale1
Centrale1

I think it's more likely that he bought the land in order to sell it at a premium to some other team.

tbost4321
tbost4321

If I were a St. Louis taxpayer, I'd say let 'em go.  The EJ Dome is less than 20 years old, and they'd be willing to allocate public funds for a new stadium? A renovation, I could see, but funding a new stadium from the ground up? Let LA have them. 

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

Why do they keep trying to give LA football teams?  They've had a few, and they were all moved.  I get that their argument is "Oh, those weren't good football teams...give us a good football team," but that's something every city has to deal with.


Then again, if LA gets a team, it's almost a guarantee their ownership is going to fight the hardest to expand playoffs by four more teams.  That way, their sub .500 team will always have a shot.

Phroggo
Phroggo

Build a freeway past the site and that can serve as a parking lot -- just like every other freeway in LA.

somemorebaltimore
somemorebaltimore

Cleveland Rams moving AGAIN ?  Y'know if it wasn't that expansions Browns team and all their performance and popularity..might have 2 teams in mighty Cleveland.

   But no...one moved then the Browns moved and the new Browns we'd like to get rid. Tell you what

Send the current Browns to LA

Bring the Rams back to Cleveland after you make Kroenke sell them

Expansion franchise in STL.....(let Monsanto  start one and Generally Modify the Organizationlal name )


There !!!

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

I've always thought it strange that a big metro area with 2 NBA teams, 2 MLB teams, a Hockey team, and 2 powerhouse NCAA teams -- has no NFL team.

Terry
Terry

Oh no

Not again 

mcgriddle
mcgriddle

St. Louis is the Cardinal's town anyway. (12 in '14!)

mcgriddle
mcgriddle

They might drop the gold in favor of yellow, but I doubt they would use the same exact uniforms. That isn't how things are done these days. They need those old uniforms to be distinct so they can have throwback games and sell two sets of jerseys. I wouldn't count on the fans opinion being included in any potential uni redesigns either. Hell, they could entirely change the colors or the name. Tradition is valued in the NFL, but not like it is in baseball or hockey. Young fans and families have just as much a stranglehold on the NFL now as the "traditional fans".

Speaking of colors and making sense in LA, how about the Lakers come up with their own name and colors? What lakes do you go to in LA? A younger fan I was talking with never even thought about this until I asked him to tell me what the Vikings colors are. He says yellow and purple. I ask him what the Lakers colors are, yellow and purple, duh (or gold, whatever). I then ask him if he knows where the Lakers originally came from, and the wheels turned in his head as he understood. I felt like I ruined something for him, but many young fans don't know the history of their teams. Give those young fans a team identity that makes sense, that they will grow up understanding, instead of blindly accepting without any thought what they are cheering for. (Lakers is a terrible name any way you frame it, but that's a different argument).

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

Kroenke is a total a-hole. He married into money, didn't earn a cent of it. 

mwr5053
mwr5053

How bizarre it is for me to accept the fact that 60Acres is too small of a parcel of land to build a modern day stadium with some necessary parking provided. Everyone doesn't have to drive 1-2 to a car and some folks can park elsewhere nearby and someday the LA area will have some form of adequate mass transit. 200 Acres of parking lot around a stadium in 2014 is just stupid.

davetheG
davetheG

Sorry, had to share useless knowledge LOL.

davetheG
davetheG

@redman71 The Rams originally were the Cleveland Rams so they should go back there. I think the city of Cleveland could support 2 inept teams.

berdosux
berdosux

@Jim21 LA is top 3 in population and a HUGE market when owners look at it.  There is no NFL team and hasn't been for awhile.  The people in LA want a team bad and I'm sure some owners would love to be in that big market.  Its all about the money

jjvalkyrie
jjvalkyrie

Because LA is the second largest metro area in the US

davetheG
davetheG

@CarlLegg City didnt support them. LA has too much going on so. A team there would do well initially, but the newness would fade and if the team was mediocre pfftt. People wouldnt show up. Just because a city is large doesnt make it a football town.

Whatever
Whatever

@CarlLegg  It was hard to call the Raiders an NFL team when they were in LA, especially how Al Davis ran the club. His son seems to have far more sense than old Al did in creating a proper organization.

pirate
pirate

@mcgriddle When Jack Kent Cooke owned the Lakers, the colors were yellow and "Forum Blue," which is purple. Turns out he loved the color purple, but hated the word, thought it sounded stupid. Say it aloud a few times – purple purple purple – and you'll see he was right. 


But the Rams have been the Rams since they were in Cleveland, so no need to change the name now.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@TheDistrict Nothing like a little class envy in an attempt to make yourself feel better.

j7apple
j7apple

@TheDistrict Kroenke was already a wealthy man in his own right, but became even more so in 1995, when he and Ann inherited a stake in Wal-Mart upon the death of Bud Walton. That stake is now worth over $6 billion.


Life is good.

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

@mwr5053  Los Angeles was purposefully railroaded out of public transportation by car companies decades ago. It's a poor show, but there's not much of a viable way for people to get around otherwise.

davetheG
davetheG

@berdosux @Jim21Really? the people in LA have had a football team before and they left. Jerome Bettis who was a running back for the Rams before the Steelers said LA wouldnt support a team. The people in LA are not going to pay NFL prices for tickets and spend a day watching a bad football team. They have too many other options. Many people assume LA wants a team but the push I have heard have only come from developers. I do not see the city, county, state, or a large outcry from the public to get a team

RCH
RCH

@berdosux @Jim21  Must not want a team that bad since they won't foot the bill for a new stadium.

davetheG
davetheG

@jjvalkyrie So what. The push to put a team there is not fromm the public or the city. It is from developers. Why spend a day watching a bad to mediocre team when you are in LA. LA is a blast and I sure as hell wouldnt drive hours to go to a game and shell out that money on my day off. Evidently, many others feel that way cause LA couldnt keep a team. People I know in LA could care less, they have plenty of sports Kings, Clippers, Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, USC, UCLA, Chargers down the road. I think the Rams should stay put, I hate teams moving around. If they are going to move they should go back to Cleveland where they originally came from.

davetheG
davetheG

@davetheG @mcgriddle I was corrected, Purple, Gold, and White are the colors. They are a dome team so who cares, Minnesota can have them

davetheG
davetheG

@MattBugaj @mwr5053 Actually, the entire country was. GM and Firestone colluded in the 1940's I believe and ran out the trolleys. They used smear campaigns and false information against trolley companies. GM wrangled for the bus contracts with cities and GM agreed to allow FIrestone to provide the tires.   They were found guilty of this and fined $1 by the US Gov't

berdosux
berdosux

@MattBugaj @mwr5053If they could model a trolley system like San Diego currently has it would work perfectly.  I love going to San Diego and be able to hit all the different areas with just a walk and a trolley ride.

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@MattBugaj @mwr5053:  That's right.  LA used to have a trolley car system that went all over the place.  As it is now, the bus system is extensive bu unreliable and the subway is far too limited to really be of value.

KenReilley
KenReilley

@RCH @berdosux @Jim21  and just why the hell should they foot the bill for a billionaire to build an office?  you wouldn't do it if it was just some business but you're okay if it's for sports...makes no sense whatsoever.


Phroggo
Phroggo

@berdosux 


I remember Al Davis running Marcus Allen outta town.  Just one of many stupid moves that eventually tore the organization apart.