Sen. Isadore Hall offers legislative help for Inglewood stadium proposal

Sen. Isadore Hall offers legislative help for Inglewood stadium proposal
St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke plans to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood-across from the Forum, which could pave the way for the league's return to Los Angeles. (Christina House / For The Times)

A state lawmaker who won approval of a bill in 2009 to assist a proposed NFL stadium in the City of Industry said Tuesday that he was willing to provide unspecified legislative help to a new proposal by the owner of the St. Louis Rams to build a football stadium in Inglewood.

Sen. Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) authored legislation signed by the governor nearly six years ago that waived state environmental rules for a stadium that is yet to be built by Majestic Realty Co. in the City of Industry.

Hall said Tuesday that he was willing to assist Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who has proposed building an 80,000-seat professional football stadium and entertainment complex in Inglewood.

"I stand ready to provide any necessary legislative support or assistance to get this deal across the goal line and return the NFL to the greater Los Angeles community," Hall said in a statement.

Hall, who was elected to the Senate last month after six years in the Assembly, is chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee. Hall's representatives did not return calls on whether specific legislation is under discussion.

He said Tuesday that putting a stadium in Inglewood, which is in his district, would be a significant economic boon to an area that has drawn other rejuvenating investment after some difficult years.

"An NFL stadium and entertainment complex would complement the extraordinary development taking place there now," Hall said.