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Rams to break ground on Inglewood stadium next week, source says

An artist's rendering of the proposed Rams stadium complex in Inglewood
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The Rams will break ground on their $2.6-billion stadium in Inglewood next Thursday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of not being identified.

Expected to be completed in 2019, the venue will be the centerpiece of a 298-acre mixed-use development on the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack. It will include a hotel, office space, retail and housing.

Although infrastructure work and site preparation have been ongoing for a year and a half, the start of excavation will be the most visible sign of progress on the stadium. The structure will be sunk about 100 free into the ground and the excavated dirt used to level the entire site.

The 70,000-seat stadium and adjacent 6,000-seat performance venue will be covered by a sail-shaped roof that’s twice as big as the structure. The roof over the playing field will be made of a transparent material that’s as clear as a car windshield.

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In recent weeks, developers have secured permits from Inglewood to excavate and grade the site.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which expressed concern a year ago that the stadium could interfere with radar at nearby Los Angeles International Airport, hasn’t green-lighted the project. Developers remain confident the matter will be resolved.

The stadium is scheduled to host the Super Bowl in early 2021 and is a significant part of the LA 2024 Olympic bid.

nathan.fenno@latimes.com

Twitter: @nathanfenno


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