AirTalk for June 5, 2014

As hopes for a NFL team fizzle, City Council oks convention center Plan B

Convention Center

Anschutz Entertainment Group

The proposed football stadium and new Pico Hall would add more exhibition space to the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday on a so-called Plan B to renovate and expand the Convention Center in Downtown, as the deadline for Anschutz Entertainment Group, the developer behind the Farmers Field stadium, to bring a NFL team to Los Angeles approaches.

The proposal approved by the City Council’s Economic Development Committee calls for a $300 million renovation of the convention center. Over two dozen architecture firms will vie for the contract to design the upgrade, which could include the addition of a new hotel.

In 2012, the Los Angeles City Council approved the proposal for a 72,000-seat football stadium. The agreement, which expires in October, is contingent on AEG securing a pro-football team for the city.



David Zahniser, LA Times reporter covering City Hall and local government


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