A potential downtown Los Angeles football stadium from the developers of L.A. Live has been gaining momentum over the past few weeks. In an in-depth article, Yahoo! sports takes the idea down a notch:
The problem with the project is the details. Simple details, such as where will fans park in one of L.A.’s most congested sections? How will they tailgate in the parking garages and underground lots that surround the spot? If you’re the NFL, where will you set up shop with all those TV trucks and temporary buildings you need for the Super Bowl?
And the most important question of all for a city and state that sit on the brink of financial collapse: How much will it really cost?
By contrast, the article argues that a competing stadium plan in the city of Industry 20 miles east of downtown doesn’t face nearly as many hurdles.
The piece also cites two sources close to Phil Anschutz, the billionaire called the No. 1 domino in L.A. stadium talks, saying he isn’t part of the downtown plan.
Tim Leiweke, the CEO of Anschutz’s company, Anschutz Entertainment Group, is the one pushing for the downtown stadium. The article cites many people, named and unnamed, who are incredulous at Leiweke’s self-imposed March deadline to get a deal done.