In what could be further evidence that the new football stadium in Los Angeles will be built in L.A. proper and not in the City of Industry (not to be confused with the Town of Agriculture), the San Gabriel Valley Times recently reported that Ed Roski, who hopes to build the venue in the City of Industry, has discussed with Mayor David Perez the possibility of using the location instead as a site for retail stores.
Perez said Roski is uncertain about the prospect of getting the stadium built, and that he wants a contingency plan. “[Roski] doesn’t know where this stadium will go at the end of the day,” Perez said. “I got a feeling if he can still get the football stadium, he would love to have it, but he’s covering all of his bases.”
The progress being made by AEG toward building Farmers Field in Downtown L.A. apparently has prompted Roski to think about Plan B. “They’re moving fast down there in Los Angeles,” Perez said.
Roski’s right-hand man, John Semcken, disputed that characterization. “[Roski] looked me in the eye, and he said, ‘John, we are 1,000 percent closer than we were a month ago,” Semcken told the Times.
Both projects still have a long way to go. The Legislature won’t be giving to AEG the same exemption from environmental lawsuits that was handed to Roski. And it’s unclear where the funds to build Roski’s stadium will come from.
Still, the longer that two viable projects are on the table, the chances that one of the stadiums will be built will increase. And that will finally bring football back to L.A.
Indeed, it could still happen as soon as 2012, with a team playing in the Rose Bowl or the L.A. Coliseum until the new stadium is built.