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"Football in Our Future: Making Room for the NFL"

by Town Hall Journal

An NFL team for Los Angeles? We’ve been tossing that ball around for a decade or so, and many have given up on the dream. But Tim Leiweke, head of AEG – the sports and entertainment giant that brought us LA Live and the Staples Center – says there’s good reason to keep it in play. His vision for a revitalized downtown includes an expanded convention center, doubling our hotel rooms, restaurants and retail, and a 78,000 seat, multipurpose stadium. This new playing field, says Leiweke, is bound to lure convention business, tourism and – most importantly - the NFL to the heart of Los Angeles. Of course, all of this expansion will have a price tag in the billions. But AEG is willing to gamble that investing in our urban core will reap big rewards for our economy. And that Angelenos will flock downtown to cheer their team on – whoever it may be.

Town Hall Speaker:
Timothy J. Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG

Town Hall Vault Speaker:
John Tuite, Head of the Community Redevelopment Agency (1987)

Eric Richardson, Publisher,
Andy Bales, CEO, Union Rescue Mission

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