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AEG launches environmental impact process for L.A. stadium

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Last month, the folks behind the construction of a new football stadium in downtown L.A. lined up a naming-rights deal for a stadium that remains a long way from being built.

The process of building the stadium has now taken a tangible step in the right direction.

AEG has notified Los Angeles Director of City Planning Michael LoGrande of its intention to commence the formal procedure of producing a complete Environmental Impact Report relating to the construction of the venue that would be known as Farmers Field.

“AEG wants to go beyond the minimum requirements of law and requests the opportunity to jointly conduct with the Planning Department additional workshops with the community, not just on the technical analyses and legal requirements, but on how to meet the needs of the community and assure that the Project is environmentally responsible,” William F. Delvac of Armbruster, Goldsmith & Delvac writes on behalf of AEG in a letter to LoGrande, a copy of which was forwarded to PFT by AEG.

Delvac explains that AEG expects the most scrutiny to focus on transportation and parking issues, “as it should be.”  Delvac says that AEG hopes to have a draft Environmental Impact Report “in public circulation before the end of the year.”

In concluding the letter, Delvac quotes the late John Wooden:  “Be Quick But Don’t Hurry.”

More than 15 years after the NFL left Los Angeles, there’s really no rush.  But once the labor situation is resolved, all indications suggest that this thing will start moving.

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20 Responses to “AEG launches environmental impact process for L.A. stadium”
  1. sdboltaction says: Mar 7, 2011 10:18 PM

    Go Chargers!!!!!!!!!

  2. realitypolice says: Mar 7, 2011 10:51 PM

    And the City of Industry gently weeps.

    Sorry, Ed. Maybe you can build a casino or retirement community instead.

  3. ticewasbetter says: Mar 7, 2011 11:06 PM

    Four months from now the Minnesota Vikings will either never be tagged in one of these stories again, or be the only team tagged in one of these stories.

    Funny, how last week a story ran in the star tribune and pioneer press on the Arden Hills city council voting in agreement begin to working with Ramsey County officials on assesing the Ammunition Plant land and to begin making estimates on costs of the project of not only the land but the infrastructure and the stadium itself in conjuncture with the Minnesota Vikings and other state leaders to form a bill.
    but that story never ran here…

  4. ticewasbetter says: Mar 7, 2011 11:15 PM

    Or the other story of how Minneapolis council members and the Mayor are starting to become very nervous that the city could lose the Vikings to Arden Hills and the hundreds of thousands of annual revenue the city makes from Viking home games.

    The Dallas playoff game last year brought 6 mil. into Minneapolis that weekend.

    Obviously the threat of L.A. has always been there, but now Arden Hills has become a real threat to Minneapolis as it has what the Vikings need the most: a public partner. If the stadium ever were resolved Minneapolis has been the assumed site, but not anymore.

    of course, that story never ran here either.

  5. Deb says: Mar 7, 2011 11:24 PM

    Farmers Field? That’s the name they’ve selected for the new stadium in L.A. … as in Los Angeles, not Louisiana. Farmers Field?

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha Talk about a misnomer!! The last time the land of silicone and botox acknowledged a farmer was in 1940 when Henry Fonda received an Oscar nomination for The Grapes of Wrath! :lol:

    The name choice is so hilarious I can almost forget how Dirty Dog Goodell is doing everything but mixing concrete in L.A. while doing nothing to support efforts to get a stadium for fans who’ve loyalty supported the Vikes for half a century.

  6. cusoman says: Mar 7, 2011 11:33 PM

    Stop tagging the Vikings on these stories, it just isn’t going to happen, seriously.

  7. recon163 says: Mar 8, 2011 12:04 AM

    @ realitypolice:

    Reality is an EIR takes 12-18 months to complete. Still an open ball game.

    So much for policing reality…….

  8. upperdecker19 says: Mar 8, 2011 1:30 AM

    “Delvac explains that AEG expects the most scrutiny to focus on transportation and parking issues, “as it should be.” ”

    There’s not enough parking for Staples Center, a 20,000 person capacity stadium. Is Roskie’s site in Industry available for a parking structure?

  9. chapnastier says: Mar 8, 2011 7:10 AM

    The environmental impact is jobs and money coming into a broke state. Shut up and take it.

  10. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 8, 2011 8:11 AM

    That will make a pretty landmark when the new NFL team moves after 5 years…

  11. joepags says: Mar 8, 2011 8:11 AM

    the impact JOBS!!! thats all that matters!!! another fraud LA sports franchise! with fraud fans!!

  12. dcninerfan says: Mar 8, 2011 9:14 AM

    Environmental impact… in freaking LA?! The never ending city? Dear God, the eco-mentalists really are moronic. That’s like worrying about dropping a few plastic bottles onto a 30 sq acre garbage pit, and the environmental impact those will have.

  13. mrcowpatty says: Mar 8, 2011 1:50 PM

    @Deb,
    I may be wrong but I think their talking about Farmers Insurance. And if I’m wrong could someone tell me the correct answer?

  14. Deb says: Mar 8, 2011 4:33 PM

    @mrcowpatty …

    That was my assumption as well, but still … to call the L.A. stadium “Farmers Field”? Does that name fit your mental image of Los Angeles–or sound like a appropriate successor to “the Coliseum”?

  15. mrcowpatty says: Mar 8, 2011 7:03 PM

    Deb,
    Houston went from the Astrodome to Enron to Minute Maid Park. And when you see Minute Maid Park it looks like it was made in a minute.
    But you are correct, Farmers Field does sound funny. Maybe they’ll have a tractor pull contest in the off season.

  16. contra74 says: Mar 8, 2011 7:37 PM

    Deb says:
    Mar 8, 2011 4:33 PM
    @mrcowpatty …

    That was my assumption as well, but still … to call the L.A. stadium “Farmers Field”? Does that name fit your mental image of Los Angeles–or sound like a appropriate successor to “the Coliseum”?
    ——————-
    How much different is that than the Staples Center where the Lakers play? Oh no, a place with staples how terrible…

    It is what it is and people made big $$$ off of that. Petco Park for example…Petco…I mean c’mon!

  17. JimmySmith says: Mar 8, 2011 9:18 PM

    The Vikings aren’t going to move to LA, AEG has publically stated that they want a professional football team to re-locate to LA.

  18. Deb says: Mar 9, 2011 1:42 AM

    Oh, contra, hush :roll:

    The name “Staples Center,” wouldn’t prompt people to envision a center made of staples, nor does Petco Park spark any particular image. “Farmers Field” conjures a specific mental picture–one that’s at odds with the image of Los Angeles. You just don’t expect to find farmers fields in L.A.

  19. recon163 says: Mar 9, 2011 8:50 AM

    @ Deb:

    “The name “Staples Center,” wouldn’t prompt people to envision a center made of staples . . .”

    No, but NBA fans know where the Staples Center is, how it looks and who plays there. Staples paid to have their name associated with the arena and it looks like it paid off. So the image associated with the name is the arena and of course the name of the company Staples.

    ” . . .nor does Petco Park spark any particular image.”
    It sure does. As any baseball fan can tell you, Petco Park is a stadium in San Diego. So the image is of the stadium itself. Petco is associated with that image. Marketing mission accomplished.

    “Farmers Field” conjures a specific mental picture–one that’s at odds with the image of Los Angeles. You just don’t expect to find farmers fields in L.A.”

    If built, Farmers Field will be the NFL stadium in downtown and Angelenos (10 million at last count, 17 million if you go CSA wide) will associate the name Farmers Field with the NFL and Farmers Insurance.

    The mental image of the name Farmers Field will be the stadium, which of course will be a different image from that of the denizens of the marshes and alligator farms of Backwater, FL but just as valid.

  20. bleedinpurple says: Mar 9, 2011 2:01 PM

    PLEASE DONT BUILD IN DOWNTOWN L.A.

    I live in a county on the outskirts of L.A. and can tell you now, putting a stadium in Downtown is a bad idea. The traffic is horrible anyday of the week I cant even get to a Clipper game on time!

    Throw in a Laker game or a convention and a football game! Its just not going to work, I was happy they were going to build it in the City of Industry area and I would happily be a season ticket holder, but now if the team goes to DTLA, I dont know if I will ever go to games, or even support them as Im a die hard Vikings fan. Depends on the team. Just dissapointed they want it in downtown.

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