AEG says Inglewood stadium presents terrorism threat

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In the Gumball Rally that has emerged as Inglewood and Carson race to build stadiums in the L.A. area, the company that has been trying to build a downtown venue for the past several years has thrown a fistful of nails into the path of the project proposed for the now-defunct Hollywood Park.

Via Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times, a study commissioned by AEG concludes that the Inglewood site presents an unacceptable risk of terrorism.

The study, performed by former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, warns that terrorists may try to hijack or shoot down a plane landing at LAX, with the goal of crashing it into the stadium.  Ridge calls the possibility a “a terrorist event ‘twofer.’”

The NFL is aware of the report, but it doesn’t seem to be ready to endorse it.

“We feel that the best approach is to look at these things with an independent eye,” NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman told the Times.  “You should assume the NFL has its own experts hired and at work to assess any potential NFL site, in any city, regarding these matters.  And it is that advice that we will rely on.”

AEG has a clear bias; it wants to build the stadium in which one or two NFL teams will play.  But the concerns shouldn’t be dismissed.  The Inglewood site is in the LAX landing path.  If/when a Super Bowl is played there, any and every plane that passed by becomes the potential weapon for mayhem and destruction that would rival — and possibly surpass — the events of September 11, 2001.

126 responses to “AEG says Inglewood stadium presents terrorism threat

  1. Ok, I know AEG is desperate to avoid being shut out of the LA stadium race, but this is just stupid.

  2. I don’t remember the name of the book, but in a Tom Clancy novel it was a nuke that took out Mile High Stadium during a Super Bowl.

    Fiction almost meets reality once again…….

  3. Many stadiums are directly under or close by the flight paths of nearby airports. This is a bunch of crap.

  4. The stadiums in Philly, which Tom Ridge should know well considering he was the Gov in PA, are almost in direct line with PHL airport and he had no problem approving those stadiums without issue.

  5. The military puts up fighter jets to protect the host stadium during the Super Bowl. True story. Worry not.

  6. There was a race track there up until 2013 – so it’s always presented a “terrorist threat.” Granted, an NFL stadium would be a bigger target, but this is still a pathetic move by AEG.

  7. I’m more concerned about the “riot” threat from the people that actually live here!

  8. Simple solution: have all flights for 4 hours during the super bowl land on a runway that is not in a direct flight path. LAX is big enough to accommodate this it is after all a international air port with more then 1 run way

  9. and the study that AEG funded concluded the most logical and effective way to eliminate the risk for terrorism would be to allow only AEG to build a new billion dollar football stadium funded completely by taxpayers.

  10. The old Shea Stadium (and the new Citi Field) was directly in the path of two airports within five miles of the stadium which explains the name New York Jets.

  11. Black Sunday (1977)

    An Israeli anti-terrorist agent must stop a disgruntled Vietnam vet cooperating in a plot to commit a terrorist plot at the Super Bowl.

    Director: John Frankenheimer
    Writer: Thomas Harris

  12. All stadiums are potential targets and the proximity to an airport is irrelevant. The towers were not on any landing path and that term is very broad. There is a limited “SAM footprint” at the ends of any given runway that security procedures take into consideration when assessing a viable missile threat. Those numbers will not be made public and I doubt they were cited in the report. The odds of a terrorist hitting a plane with a missile AND having it crash in the stadium are similar to your chance of hitting a fly with a spitball so that it lands in your buddy’s beer. They would have better ‘luck’ shooting the missile at the stadium itself.

  13. murtdurt says:
    Feb 27, 2015 7:27 PM
    Simple solution: have all flights for 4 hours during the super bowl land on a runway that is not in a direct flight path. LAX is big enough to accommodate this it is after all a international air port with more then 1 run way
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    Wouldn’t even need to do that. LAX usually has the planes land coming in from the east and taking off towards the west over the water… but they have and will switch that from time to time depending on weather, etc. If you have the planes approach from the water they basically have to fly out a bit from their normal approach to give them room to circle back and land from that direction. It takes them right out of the path of the Hollywood Park site. Superbowl day comes, just reverse the runways. Problem solved.

  14. @mnvigingsfan
    The book was, The Sum of All Fears and it was MTM Bank stadium in Baltimore.

    On another note the Linc is in direct line of Philadelphia international airport, it’s also real close to I95. This is a non issue.
    Besides any stadium in LA will be half full anyway, unless it’s USC or UCLA. They lost two teams because no-one cared about pro football then and won’t in the future.

  15. OMG BE AFRAID EVERYBODY BE VERY AFRAID ALL THE TIME BECAUSE WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE HIDE UNDER YOUR BEDS QUICK AND RAISE THE DEFENSE BUDGET ANOTHER COUPLE OF HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS AND KEEP BEING AFRAID

  16. Obviously the only safe place to have a superbowl is Gillette, it is quite far away from any airport. Any where else and the terrorists WILL win.

    🙂

  17. I love my country, but our government leaves much to be desired.

    Living in fear is not the answer.

    We must remain strong, we must be vigilant, we must never cower in the face of those who wish to do us harm.

    Go USA

    Go Raiders

  18. In The 1977 book Black Sunday the threat was from a blimp crashing into Tulane Stadium in New Orleans during a Super Bowl. Ever heard of a BOOK?

  19. According to the film The Sum of All Fears the attack was in Baltimore. However according to the novel The Sum of All Fears it was in Denver. Novel trumps film, check and mate!

  20. DUH!!! How are these open borders helping this problem??? This whole admin puts us all in danger. Again, DUH!!!

  21. Without Tom Ridge’s analysis the terrorists would have already won. Face it, the guy’s got a gift.

  22. So, that big round theatre looking thing with orange seats off to the right of final approach now I believe is called the LA Coliseum.,…..WEAK!

  23. seabassfan says: Feb 27, 2015 8:10 PM

    According to the film The Sum of All Fears the attack was in Baltimore. However according to the novel The Sum of All Fears it was in Denver. Novel trumps film, check and mate!

    =====================

    Agreed. Novel trumps film. Although the film did have Tom Brady’s baby momma, Bridget Moynahan in it.. so there’s another football connection.

    Another Clancy book, Debt of Honor, had a 747 crash into the Capitol. Written before 9/11.

  24. I understanding that marrying terrorism to any story, no matter how ridiculous the connection might be, is guaranteed to get you some press. But really, how could AEG brass release this and still look at themselves in the mirror? Utter nonsense.

  25. “I love my country, but our government leaves much to be desired.”

    This article has nothing to do with the government. It has to do with corporate America trying to bully it’s way to getting what they want.

  26. “Another Clancy book, Debt of Honor, had a 747 crash into the Capitol. Written before 9/11.”
    ———————
    In Clancy’s book, all the Congressmen were killed.

  27. And after the plane crashes into the Super Bowl, the commenters in the comment sections will yell,

    – The fix was in!
    – It’s all Goodell’s fault!
    – The Patriots are victims! Whaaaa!
    – Tom Brady deflated Otto Pilot!

    Same as it ever was.

  28. mrlaloosh says:
    Feb 27, 2015 8:08 PM
    In The 1977 book Black Sunday the threat was from a blimp crashing into Tulane Stadium in New Orleans during a Super Bowl. Ever heard of a BOOK?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    They made it into a movie too. It was the only movie I can remember that used actual game footage from the NFL (one of the Cowboys/Steelers Superbowls from the year before it was made)

  29. Did AEG and Ridge actually write that crap with a straight face? Seriously there are morons everywhere but you’d have to be very ignorant, bigoted, and uneducated to believe that crap. This sounds like some stupid discussion that would occur on Fox and Friends

  30. Somehow Belichick and Brady just high fived. Don’t know how this relates, but somehow the Pats, once again, bested Goodell and the rest of the NFL.

  31. If it was a real threat, they wouldn’t be broadcasting it. Sounds like someone is looking for Homeland Security budget votes. What a joke.

  32. I am sick to death of the shameful fear mongering that goes on every day in this country.

    Guess what? Every stadium and every airport in this country is a possible target for terrorism, and whether they are close to one another in a particular city is irrelevant.

    Met Life Stadium is practically adjacent to Newark Airport, and they had the Super Bowl there last year!

    Tom Ridge is a joke. He walked away from his responsibilities as Governor of Pennsylvania (during which time, by the way, he was involved in the development of not one but two stadiums in Philadelphia right next door to the airport) in a desperate attempt to raise his national profile by becoming the first head of the DHS. He is responsible for that preposterous color coded alert system that was ridiculed around the world and was never anything more than a tool for the administration to use at election time or whenever scaring the bejesus out of the american people would serve their interest.

    Now he makes a living in part by cashing in on the spineless paranoia that drives every decision this country makes and causes people to take sheer and utter nonsense like this seriously.

  33. nfcnorthchamps says:
    Feb 27, 2015 8:29 PM
    Maybe all nfl games should be played in Idaho. Unless the terrorist drive john Deere tractors were all safe
    ======

    I will just go ahead and assume you’ve never been to Idaho. Google “Ruby Ridge” or “Lightfoot Militia”

  34. Exactly why the built the cards stadium in the middle of nowhere desert instead of downtown phx or Tempe.

  35. I think a terrorist’ first concern is getting onboard with a weapon. I think having a stadium on the flightplan is way down the line.

  36. Wouldn’t even need to do that. LAX usually has the planes land coming in from the east and taking off towards the west over the water… but they have and will switch that from time to time depending on weather, etc. If you have the planes approach from the water they basically have to fly out a bit from their normal approach to give them room to circle back and land from that direction. It takes them right out of the path of the Hollywood Park site. Superbowl day comes, just reverse the runways. Problem solved.
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    Traffic into LAX is to the east for two reasons. Wind is usually from the west and most traffic comes drone east. But of those reasons, the first is much more important. I’ve been on planes that broke off landing approaches because the downwind got too strong and it wasn’t safe to land. An Inglewood site would be right under the normal landing approach, and would be difficult to divert around.

  37. Isis said they were going to invade Italy. Italy responded by giving them travel recommendations.

    AEG is a crappy company who should be fined for fear mongering.

  38. Good point. They should build stadiums in remote cities that planes never come near like near DC, Dallas, San Francisco, New Orleans, etc… Oh wait.

  39. Be very afraid of the enemy within, we must restrict your freedoms again so that we can protect you.

    Be very afraid of the enemy outside, we must send your young to fight for your freedom.

  40. Futbol is the most favourite an popular sport in the world

    What is stupid football.. terrorists would never treath a futbol stadium cus they love football not some stupid american football that everyone goes wild over a 15sec play any… futbol!!!!!!! Putos

  41. Really? This has to be one of the dumbest assertions ever.

    Many stadiums live within miles of air bases. And many of those stadiums have military flyovers. Not a single aircraft has ever been shot down and hit a stadium.

  42. This sounds like a classic “red herring” argument.

    Where was this pushback when the 2013 Super Bowl was held at MetLife Stadium in New York City? MetLife Stadium is surrounded by not just 1, but 6 airports(!) – 3 of which are VERY busy and 2 of which are international: LaGuardia, Newark International, and JFK International?

    In comparison, Inglewood, CA has just 4 airports nearby: LAX international and 3 other smaller ones on the outskirts.

    I’m not saying the possibility of downing a plane into a Super Bowl isn’t a threat. I’m just saying we need to keep things in perspective.

  43. smasonsmith says:
    Feb 27, 2015 10:21 PM
    Wouldn’t even need to do that. LAX usually has the planes land coming in from the east and taking off towards the west over the water… but they have and will switch that from time to time depending on weather, etc. If you have the planes approach from the water they basically have to fly out a bit from their normal approach to give them room to circle back and land from that direction. It takes them right out of the path of the Hollywood Park site. Superbowl day comes, just reverse the runways. Problem solved.
    =====
    Traffic into LAX is to the east for two reasons. Wind is usually from the west and most traffic comes drone east. But of those reasons, the first is much more important. I’ve been on planes that broke off landing approaches because the downwind got too strong and it wasn’t safe to land. An Inglewood site would be right under the normal landing approach, and would be difficult to divert around.
    __________________

    Very true. But remember, this would be just for about 4 hours during a Superbowl played in Inglewood every 4 years at the most maybe? Not that they would actually have to do this as this supposed threat is pretty ridiculous in the first place. Just pointing out that it could be done if need be and weather permits. And in SoCal… weather usually permits. Anyway, let’s all not forget that the Forum already stands in the direct path as well as it sits right across the street from the Inglewood site. So far, no planes being flown into the building during one of their many concerts. This really is just AEG stirring trouble because they realize that Inglewood is 1000 times more likely to happen than their downtown joke of a plan. Sour grapes is all…

  44. Terrorists… lol

    There’s always gotta be a boogie to propagate support for a perpetual war.

    This clown has made a living with propaganda.

  45. deflatedfootballs says:
    Feb 27, 2015 7:13 PM
    Don’t live in fear!

    ___________________________________
    Don’t live in fear???? Are you kidding?? This Isis terrorist group makes Al Queda look like the Mickey Mouse Club!!
    I’m sorry, but with this President, who’s determined on making law-breaking illegal aliens — who take from our system many more millions than they provide and are turning us into a Spanish speaking nation — I can’t help myself.
    I gave this guy a chance and even voted for him, but I can’t stand his views on many things and can’t wait until he’s out of office. The problem is, we never seem to get anyone better than the last one. So I live in fear of where we’re headed.
    I fear for my my grandchildren. They are going to have it way worse than we have it now, because America is destroying itself from within. I am a history nut and today, we are not even teaching our history to school children. That’s a danger people don’t understand. There has to be an understanding of what it takes to maintain our freedoms in this country, and what makes this country strong. Young people that I come into contact on a daily basis as a school bus driver are often clueless about that because they are not being taught about it. I recently asked a group of 5th graders who are Vice President is and they didn’t know!!! How scary is that!!
    My dad was a Pearl Harbor survivor and fought the Japanese in the South Pacific. Believe me, he understood and made sure my four brothers and I understood what it takes to keep this country free. Three of the four of us served in the military and the only reason the fourth didn’t is because he had health issues.
    Further, if they build a stadium close to a an airport and a plane crashed into it for any reason, the same people who are saying this is ridiculous would be the first to jump on the planners and builders for building it close to an airport.
    I hope PFT doesn’t delete my answer to your post. But they always do when ever I offer views that aren’t from the left. I don’t understand that because I see plenty of things posted in here which are way worse than what I am saying.
    You said “don’t live in fear” and I feel I should be able to respond to that. I realize this is a football forum, but it seems like half the articles PFT posts are not about football. They are about guys getting arrested, or some other off-the-field stuff.
    So please PFT — for once — let me respond to this because you started it by writing the article about this stadium, and I deserve the opportunity to reply to this gentleman’s (or lady’s) post in a civil way, as I have done.

  46. yooperman says:
    Feb 27, 2015 7:21 PM
    If we live in fear, the terrorist win

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    If we had a President and Congress which understood that, we’d have a chance to win. But we don’t.

  47. purplengold says:
    Feb 27, 2015 11:34 PM
    Be very afraid of the enemy within, we must restrict your freedoms again so that we can protect you.

    Be very afraid of the enemy outside, we must send your young to fight for your freedom.

    ————————————————

    Hey Viking fan, I am a Packer fan, and I agree with you.
    Unlike generations of the past, our oceans no longer help protect us. Our enemies now walk among us and illegals who are here have no allegiance to this country.
    We are doing what Mao Tse Tung predicted we’d do in the 1940’s — we are destroying our selves from within.
    I just hope I won’t be around to see it happen, but that’s a race I’m not sure I’ll win.

  48. I fly directly over Giants Stadium every time I land in Newark. No issue having the Super Bowl there.

  49. Obama is sending Kerry and James Taylor to meet with terrorists and play “you’ve got a friend” for them.

  50. liquidchaoss says:
    Feb 28, 2015 6:42 AM
    Just another example of the government trying to use fear tactics to get their way.
    ========================================
    Except this isn’t the government. This is a private study being funded by AEG, which has a competing plan to build a football stadium adjacent to Staples Center. The government probably doesn’t care that a football stadium will be going up at the Hollywood Park site in Inglewood. AEG’s deal with LA expires on April 17 and this is a last ditch effort to eliminate a competing proposal.

    If AEG really wanted to get a stadium done, they would have done a deal with Kroenke and brought him in as a co-investor. Kroenke is calling the shots here and he is no fool. He’s probably discussed his plan already with several owners and the league.

  51. nyneal says:
    Feb 28, 2015 4:42 AM

    A whole, really long paragraph about fear and racism…

    —-

    Dude, look up how many people have died by terrorist related incidents since 1970. Then look up how many people die each year in the US alone by gun related incidents.

    Now tell me why is the US government spending themselves into oblivion over that threat that you obviously believe forces us to leave in fear.

    And please, bring up another long response with all the “right” points. Something, something Spanish racism. Something, something Pearl Harbor. Something something what about the children.

    There’s a big difference between living with the proper sense of caution (like, think twice before flying to Syria right now) and living in fear. This report is pure fear-mongering written by Tom Ridge, the first Homeland Security guy, you know, right after 9/11. That meant his entire job was to be overly afraid.

    Is it a terrorist threat? Sure. So is every stadium, tall building, landmark or possible major gathering place. Heck, being American is a terrorist threat. You can’t live like that.

    Which is what the original poster means by not living in fear.

  52. burgandyandgold- exactly what I was thinking. I’ve been to games at MetLife and seen planes flying over/near by..I’ve flown over/near by MetLife. We never heard such issues when they had the super bowl here.

  53. “Fiction almost meets reality once again…….”

    Almost how? When? The stadium does not even exist yet and now it was almost attacked?

  54. Who is more a threat to everyday Americans, AEG or the small band of dudes living in caves ? Shameful

  55. Why is AEG building a stadium when it has no team? Spanos, Davis, and Kroenke are not going to sell to AEG. I don’t understand this dynamic.

  56. nyneal says:
    Feb 28, 2015 4:55 AM
    purplengold says:
    Feb 27, 2015 11:34 PM
    Be very afraid of the enemy within, we must restrict your freedoms again so that we can protect you.

    Be very afraid of the enemy outside, we must send your young to fight for your freedom.

    ————————————————

    Hey Viking fan, I am a Packer fan, and I agree with you.
    Unlike generations of the past, our oceans no longer help protect us. Our enemies now walk among us and illegals who are here have no allegiance to this country.
    We are doing what Mao Tse Tung predicted we’d do in the 1940’s — we are destroying our selves from within.
    I just hope I won’t be around to see it happen, but that’s a race I’m not sure I’ll win.
    ——————————–
    There’s no winning that race. As individuals, we are regarded only as property by our government. We are fed nationalism mixed with religion to distract us from the real crimes that continue to deteriorate our country and the many others that we interact with. Follow the money to its source, and you will find the criminals responsible for much of the world’s misery.

  57. I started a new drinking game called Safe.

    Grab any bottle liquor and turn on your local nightly news (or morning or noon if you wish, it doesn’t matter). Each time the word “safe” or “safety” is mentioned take a shot.

    You won’t make it to dinner.

  58. The AEG plan for downtown LA posses the same risks as Hollywood Park but with a potential higher density. The flight paths are similar (south and east bound flights begin their turn near dowtown). The AEG plan maybe the worst proposed stadium for the footfall fan experience ever. No tailgating. Limited parking, etc. Despiration has a new definition. What the Inglewood plan lacks though is complete independence from tbe City of LA, as access from 10, 405 and 110 all require use of City of LA streets (105 on the south is only LA free access).

  59. AEG should be ashamed of itself. Making up out of this world scenarios just so it can keep it’s finger in the stadium discussions.

    Now I don’t want AEG anywhere involved in any stadium in Los Angels whatsoever. I don’t want to deal with such a low down and dirty organization who would stoop this low to block someone else’s stadium.

  60. Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara CA, home of next year’s Superbowl, is barely a stone’s throw from the end of San Jose’s runway is directly under the incoming flight paths of both San Francisco and Oakland airports.

    Did AEG or Tom Ridge voice any concerns over Levi’s stadium placement?

    Just when you think you’ve heard it all….

  61. Very true. But remember, this would be just for about 4 hours during a Superbowl played in Inglewood every 4 years at the most maybe? Not that they would actually have to do this as this supposed threat is pretty ridiculous in the first place. Just pointing out that it could be done if need be and weather permits. And in SoCal… weather usually permits.
    ===
    I don’t think you could put a no-fly zone in Inglewood and not screw up LAX traffic. Traffic at LAX is to the west because the prevailing winds at LAX are often from the west. That means approaches are from the east. The FAA isn’t going to force a bunch of airliners to land down wind. They might put a Temporary Flight Restriction in place, but I expect it will have the same exceptions that every other Super Bowl TFR has: scheduled commercial flights with security plans (ie, all of them) are allowed within the inner ring while in contact with ATC.

    In any case… All of the LA basin and OC is class B airspace anyway…

  62. To everyone who is beginning to waken from the charade of MNCs and ultra national banks maintained by Hollywood and corporate media:

    Good morning sleepy head, here’s come coffee and it’s worse than you think.

  63. frankfortschooldropout says:Feb 28, 2015 12:05 PM

    To everyone who is beginning to waken from the charade of MNCs and ultra national banks maintained by Hollywood and corporate media:

    Good morning sleepy head, here’s come coffee and it’s worse than you think.
    .
    .
    .
    I was glad to see some good morning comments too…

    Most of the sheep have already been sheered though. They can’t tell the difference between patriotism and nationalism. They think occupying countries who aren’t a threat, for decades, keeps them free. Mindless drones.

  64. “If/when a Super Bowl is played there, any and every plane that passed by becomes the potential weapon for mayhem and destruction that would rival — and possibly surpass — the events of September 11, 2001.”

    Pathetic. Especially since 9/11 was an insurance job as Silverstein didn’t want to have to pay for the asbestos in the Towers to be removed. It was one BIG, cash grab. If Ridge is so concerned, he might want to find out what felled Building 7. Just saying’…

  65. mullman76 says: Feb 27, 2015 8:02 PM

    I love my country, but our government leaves much to be desired.

    ————————————-

    The only ones who like our government are the rich people who run our government. And by “run our government”, I mean “hang out in DC pretending to do stuff”.

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