Some NFL officials have not given up hope for a Chavez Ravine stadium

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AEG’s plan to build a downtown football stadium next to Staples Center apparently met with some skepticism at a weekend meeting of NFL owners.  CBS Sports.com said some within the league raised concerns about the fate of AEG  – the company is up for sale – and about downtown parking.  Meanwhile, others remain enamored with the prospect of building a football stadium on the Dodger ballpark property in Chavez Ravine. Said CBS Sports’ Jason La Confera:

Areas around Dodger Stadium, where parking and space is abundant, are highly desirable to the league, sources said, and discussions in that regard are ongoing. This site has not received the national attention of others, but is very logical, particularly if the Dodgers were to move downtown. I asked commissioner Roger Goodell about the area around Dodger Stadium during his post-meeting press conference, and he called it “a terrific site” and seemed enthused about the possibility. One highly-connected source maintained that Dodger Stadium has been and still is “the preferred choice” of all the current options.

Any new Los Angeles area stadium must be able to accommodate two teams, a source told CBS Sports.


  1. For those of you wondering why Frank McCourt wanted to retain a stake in the Dodger Stadium parking lots…this.

    • Yup, but I doubt the city will approve an additional stadium in such an inconvenient location. Must be a bargaining chip for the NFL.

  2. I hope we don’t get that NFL thing anywhere, the patrients are as bad as Walmart Customers. The last thing we need is another reason for people to get all roudy and disrespectful because they want to have fun and fawk everyone else.

    Oh but wait let me go do that in their blocks and see how fast they call the Police. This whole NFL deal is beggining to become such a drag.

    if the City of LA wants one so bad why dont they just put it on top of city hall and move them away from their work. Their currently not doing anything productive for the communities but selling them out and destrying our neighborhoods. Im sure they wont mind the commute as long as we pay for the free cars and free gas they get.

    • I agree. I would hate to have an NFL team near me in Silver Lake. Its ridiculous the city is worried about having an NFL team. Its like they feel less cosmopolitan without one or we’re behind the times. If the city spent as much time working on their communities than worrying about this LA could be a little more tolerable.


    • Hey James, go learn how to spell and stop complaining. The Dodgers are going to eventually need a new stadium so you might as well let it happen already.

    • There are already too many people in Los Angeles. And there is not enough water for any more. Yet, our moronic politicians keep screaming to bring in anything and everything to PROMOTE this city in order to attract more and more and more people here. And that is all that this NFL stadium push is about, to try to get more and more and more people to move here.

      Wee do not have the means to support more and more and more people. For god’s sake, they’re wanting us to drink recycled toilet water — in order to “increase” the water supply to accommodate all these people they want to attract! Stop attracting hoards of people and we won’t have to drink our own toilet water. Oh, people are bound to trickle in anyway, not not in the huge numbers our politicians keep pushing for.

      We should not be doing anything to attract more and more and more people to move here. We should NOT bring in an NFL team anyplace here.

  3. 1. It would be shame if anything happened to Dodger stadium; one of the most beautiful examples of mid-century design in the country. (Although the asphalt parking lot is an ecological disaster area that could use some rethinking.)
    2. The folks that were attending NFL games here in LA in the 80’s were disrespectful animals, throwing food and trash at each other constantly. We don’t need to foster that type of behavior here in the land of a thousand gangs by creating a new testosterone magnet.
    3. There is already too much traffic in the Dodger stadium/downtown area.
    4. There are already 2 football stadiums within 7 miles of Dodger stadium/downtown.
    5. NFL football is much more enjoyable to watch on TV than in person. We don’t need an NFL team here to enjoy the sport. (And there are dozens of high school and college football games across southern California every football weekend, which are more exciting to watch than NFL football anyway)

    • I agree that Dodger stadium should remain unscathed, and I don’t think building a new stadium on the property is a good idea.

      However, I feel like a lot of the comments in this thread are very rational. NFL fans aren’t any worse than any other sports fans. Yet, it’s OK to have a baseball team, 2 basketball teams, and a hockey team in the city? NFL teams only play 16 games in a season, and only half of those would be at home. Throw in two preseason games and at most 2 playoff games, and you have 10-12 games a season at home. 10-12 days out of a whole year is nothing. There’s always so much going on in L.A. you wouldn’t even notice it. When taken into consideration w/ the amount of money an NFL team would bring to the city’s economy, it’s worth the sacrifice of a few hours of a few days.

      As for the Rose Bowl and the Coliseum, both stadiums are very old and not up to today’s standards. No NFL team would play in those stadiums.

      Of course this is all a moot point right now, as no NFL team is lined up to move to L.A., and none will until there’s a stadium…

      • I agree with a lot of what you say, but I have to point out that while NFL fans individually may not be any different from fans of other sports, an NFL game is a very different event than a game of any other sport for two reasons–the much bigger venue, and the much less frequency. These two factors combine to exponentially increase the impact of a single NFL game. A typical NFL stadium has roughly double the capacity of a typical baseball stadium, and maybe 4x the capacity of a hockey/basketball arena. And the lower frequency makes each individual game a bigger event–1 of 8 football games a year, vs. 1 of 81 baseball games or 41 hockey or basketball games. More people turn out–even folks without tickets; they come earlier & stay longer; they drink more, etc. etc. Going to an NFL game is often an all-day affair for folks, rather than just an evening event.

  4. its not a good idead to take down Dodger stadium for a nfl team. Theres hardly any parking for residents around the stadium when the Dodgers season is on…ITS A HASSEL TO PARK near my home espically when i get home from work and theres no parking out in the street and i have to wait for a small brake in between the traffic of the fans going in or leaving the stadium to park inside my driveway

  5. NFL, GFY.

    Some cities take pride in their NFL team. I take pride in the fact we dont have one.

    I was happy when the NFL packed up and left LA – i am disappointed to see us down on our knees begging to kiss their ring. We are better than that Los Angeles – have some self respect.

    Now if we could just get rid of one of our two NBA teams…

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