The NFL’s return to Los Angeles is still up in the air, but the same can’t be said for Hollywood Park’s old grandstands.
Demolition crews imploded the nearly 75-year-old grandstands at the closed race track Sunday morning, moving forward with a proposed plan to build an NFL stadium as part of a multipurpose commercial development on Inglewood site.
Onlookers cheered as the grandstands came down after charges went off shortly after 6 a.m. The site is scheduled to be cleared out in the months ahead in preparation for the proposed stadium, which is scheduled to break ground in December.
St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans in January to build the 80,000-seat stadium. The Rams haven’t said whether they plan to move back to Los Angeles, but the team is in a year-to-year lease with Edward Jones Dome.
The Rams aren’t the only NFL team eyeing the Los Angeles market. In February, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers announced plans to jointly build a stadium in Carson. Neither team, however, has said whether they plan to relocate.