Three days before the Super Bowl comes a published report that will surely increase chatter about the future of the Rams in St. Louis and the potential return of the NFL to Los Angeles.
According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased a parking lot 60 acres in size between Hollywood Park and the Los Angeles Forum, and the Times writes that the site “potentially could be used for an NFL stadium.”
The Rams’ lease for the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis ends after the 2014 season.
According to the Times, Kroenke purchased the land last month.
The Times suggests that 60 acres might not be quite enough land for a stadium site, and the report also indicates that Kroenke owns other land in Southern California. It should be noted that Hollywood Park is out of the horse racing business and slated to be redeveloped, so owning a parcel of land in that area wouldn’t be the worst investment even if a stadium wasn’t planned for the area.
Nevertheless, this news pushes the topic of the NFL in Los Angeles onto the front burner less than 24 hours before commissioner Roger Goodell holds his annual Super Bowl press conference.