Patt Morrison for October 13, 2010

An NFL team & a World Cup tournament—can L.A. get 2 for the price of 1 stadium?

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An illustration of what the stadium might look like

There is a contest underway in Los Angeles that is analogues to the drama of an NFL game—two teams in a pitched battle to cross the goal line first, except in place of footballs in the players’ hands they’ll be carrying a brand new stadium to house a new NFL team for L.A. Rival development companies, AEG and Majestic Realty, are pressing hard for their own versions of new NFL stadiums, and if a new football team wasn’t incentive enough to get a stadium built there’s another possibility to throw into the mix: L.A. hosting the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. The U.S. will have its World Cup hosting bid voted on by FIFA in December and both AEG & Majestic are designing their proposed stadiums with World Cup games in mind, which could help L.A. land the global soccer tournament. Considering the fact that a World Cup game was played in Los Angeles long after a professional football game had taken place here, is it possible that we’ll get both in the end?

Guest:

John Smecken, vice president of Majestic Realty Co., developers of the proposed NFL stadium in the City of Industry


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