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

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

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.

 

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

 

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