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

An illustration of what the stadium might look like
An illustration of what the stadium might look like

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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?


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