The black SUV pulled into the StubHub Center complex Sunday afternoon with the most powerful man in sports in the back seat.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stared out the window, preparing to see the league’s smallest stadium for the first time. But before the 27,000-seat venue came into view, the car rolled past the bleachers lining the west side of a 1,200-seat track stadium used for second-division soccer games and college track meets.
“Oh my God,” Goodell gasped, “is that it?”
The scare was only momentary, and Goodell was impressed once he stepped inside the actual StubHub Center, which looks like a sleek NFL stadium through the wrong end of a...