California “stay at home” order likely will stop L.A. stadium construction

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If/when there’s a football season this year, it will involve the christening of a new stadium in L.A. That stadium will now face a challenge to its ongoing construction.

California governor Gavin Newsom has issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state, effective Thursday night. The order applies until further notice.

Details are scant, but if everyone must “stay at home” then the people who travel from their homes to the Inglewood construction site won’t be able to make it to work on Friday, and they won’t be able to make it until the “stay at home” order is lifted.

While the completion of SoFi Stadium means little in relation to the issues with which the nation currently is dealing, it’s another tangible intersection between the COVID-19 pandemic and the NFL. This one could ultimately keep the Rams and Chargers from playing in their new stadium in September — and if the stadium is delayed until 2021, it will force the league either to move Super Bowl LV to a new location or waive its rule requiring that any stadium that hosts the league’s premier event must be open for a full year before the year in which it hosts the Super Bowl.

UPDATE 11:25 p.m. ET: According to RamblinFan.com, the order will apply to the stadium construction workers, since they do not fall within the scope of essential services that are exempted from the mandate.

UPDATE 11:30 p.m. ET: Per a source with knowledge of the situation, stadium construction officials will not be commenting on the situation until they better know how the order will affect them.

42 responses to “California “stay at home” order likely will stop L.A. stadium construction

  1. The governor of California just predicted 56% of his population, 25 million, will contract COVID-19.

  2. I live in “lovely” CA and this mandate is ridiculous! All you state workers, we get it, you love having mommy (government) tell you what to do because without someone holding your hand you won’t know how to function. I’m in residential construction so I’m exempt from this mandate but so should these boys working on the stadium. Anyone who actually works for a living will understand this and those who have soft buttery man paws and don’t know what side of a hammer to use, will not like this.

  3. Will Gov. Newsome pay the monthly mortgage payments of the constituents he’s keeping from working ?

  4. I love ambiguity when it comes to simple things. Is stadium construction up there with the few exceptions like emergency services? “Gosh,no way to tell. We will have to get back you.”

  5. In Santa Clara county, the order says:

    For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of “Essential Infrastructure,” including, but not limited to, public works construction, construction of housing (in particular affordable housing or housing for individuals experiencing homelessness), airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined this Section, to the extent possible.

    If the order for the whole state is similar, the stadium could be public works construction.

  6. So shortages of certain produce for the midwest and east Coast. Those beef prices right now are nice y’all in the midwest. TBones and tatters with a salad.

  7. It might be full for the Rams, the first couple games, but after that, it will be a big empty ghost town!

  8. ….it was funny 4 years ago electing a tough talking game show host. Tough times ahead for those who put economy ahead of humanity.

    #readyforhardtimes?

  9. The NFL season will be starting late, if at all. There will be NO mini camps.Training camps will be delayed…NBA and NHL are probably toast…

  10. Guys. Super bowl LV is being played in Tampa. Come on now, the super bowl isn’t in LA until 2022.

  11. I’m sure at least that many will have contracted Flu A or B and not even know it. There are many asymptomatic cases in COVID19 and Flu

  12. The governor’s prediction is based on a scenario where people do NOT follow the “stay at home” directive.

  13. Thinking about all the construction workers, bartenders, waitresses, etc. who’ll be struggling to pay the rent and buy groceries for their families.

  14. The Spanish Flu came out of nowhere in 1918 and infected roughly 1/4 or the world’s population, and killed somewhere between 20-100 million people.

    Our Federal, State & local governments should be taking whatever steps are necessary to contain COVID-19. At the same time, Congress needs to take large steps to help out of work people. We can find endless money to fight endless wars, so we can find money to help in-need citizens at home during this crisis.

  15. Yup construction and all the trades are on the exempt list, that being said I get their concern for their construction workers. That being said, other places around the city you still see most of the construction ongoing.

    For all those criticizing the Rams’ attendance, they ranked 11th in the league last year. That’s ahead of Baltimore, SF, Philly, Seattle, Buffalo, Cleveland, Minnesota, New England, Washington, Tenn, Jax, Miami, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Arizona, Indy, Raiders, TB, Cincy, and of course their new tenant, the Chargers. Oh, and St. Louis. They definitely had more fans than St. Louis.

  16. To bad for Squirrel Head. Delays and and a updated estimated cost of close to $6B. Ouch.
    Who in their right mind will want to drive close to LAX, overpay for a ticket, surround yourself with many people, ( scratch that it’s LA and the Rams) and see poor football?
    The house that Walmart built will be a set with greeters in blue jumpers at each entrance.

  17. As long as everyone I know stays healthy I’m considering that a win. I’ll do my part when I’m asked to do my part.

    Your country isn’t asking you to storm the beaches of Normandy. They are asking you to stay home at a safe distance because we are literally admitting that we are not prepared for this virus and won’t be until next fall. The more prepared we are the more normal our day to day lives will look.

  18. “The Spanish Flu came out of nowhere in 1918 and infected roughly 1/4 or the world’s population, and killed somewhere between 20-100 million people.”

    what’s your point? millions of people have died from diarrhea as well. I dont know if you realize this, but healthcare, availability of medice and the general quality of life is a million times better then it was 100+ years ago. I’m guessing if everybody could’ve drove 10 minutes to their local pharmacy and bought some over the counter medicine, barely anybody would’ve died.

  19. I agree with factschecker, this is the correct take:
    Your country isn’t asking you to storm the beaches of Normandy. They are asking you to stay home at a safe distance because we are literally admitting that we are not prepared for this virus and won’t be until next fall. The more prepared we are the more normal our day to day lives will look.

    This basically comes down to, “Do I care about the people who will need hospital care when they get this? If so, I’ll change my ways today so we can build more infrastructure now.”

  20. dean7979 says:
    March 20, 2020 at 10:23 am
    “The Spanish Flu came out of nowhere in 1918 and infected roughly 1/4 or the world’s population, and killed somewhere between 20-100 million people.”

    what’s your point? millions of people have died from diarrhea as well. I dont know if you realize this, but healthcare, availability of medice and the general quality of life is a million times better then it was 100+ years ago. I’m guessing if everybody could’ve drove 10 minutes to their local pharmacy and bought some over the counter medicine, barely anybody would’ve died.
    *****
    I wasn’t aware that diarrhea was contagious like coronavirus. And I also wasn’t aware that they apparently had over the counter Spanish Flu medicine readily available but transportation to local pharmacies was really the issue. You really can learn a lot from boards like this. Thanks Dr. Dean7979.

  21. I wasn’t aware that diarrhea was contagious like coronavirus. And I also wasn’t aware that they apparently had over the counter Spanish Flu medicine readily available but transportation to local pharmacies was really the issue. You really can learn a lot from boards like this. Thanks Dr. Dean7979.

    I get that you really tried your hardest to make me look dumb, but you just made yourself look more so… they obviously wouldnt have needed “spanish flu medicine”, just like how right now, nobody is taking “corona virus medicine” bcuz it doesnt exist, 99.9% of people that arent old and frail or have serious pre-existing medical issues are going to survive it by taking basic medicine. doctors have even said if you are in good health and contract this, to alternate tylenol and ibuprofen for the fever and take cough medicine for the dry cough, instead of panicking to the hospital and wasting resources and taking medical attention from other people that are in more serious condition. maybe look at some facts and not just buy in to the media driven panic.

  22. It’s bizarre! The massive mismanagement of the once fun-to-watch San Diego Chargers, began with their ill-advised “re-location” to Los Angeles, the homeless capitol of the US. The delay in Kroenke World forced a second year of “NFL” football in the re-re-renamed soccer stadium. The “LA” Chargers lost their fan base. Then decided to dump the face of their franchise, Philip Rivers who this year (assuming a season) will be playing in front of a cheering NFL stadium crowd. The genius Tom Telesco, the lap-dog for Dean Spanos was out-smarted when hoping to sign Tom Brady for peanuts. Tampa Bay ticket lines are over crowded with fans trying to purchase season tickets. NOW Kroenke World $6 billion stadium may be forced into another years delay! It real;ly doesn’t matter as the “LA” Chargers wouldn’t see more than 10 to 20 thousand fans attending their games. What a series of management disasters Spanos and Telesco have brought on themselves. Now they’re scrambling to sign some re-tread at QB or send a rookie out to the dogs to play. Amazing business screw-ups by the “LA” Chargers.

  23. 10,000 people world wide have died of the corona-virus, 5,000 of them in Europe, out of 220,000 infected. That number is over 4.5%, substantially higher than the .1% some people believe is the mortality rate.

  24. 10,000 people world wide have died of the corona-virus, 5,000 of them in Europe, out of 220,000 infected. That number is over 4.5%, substantially higher than the .1% some people believe is the mortality rate.
    ———-
    And it’s happened in less than 3 months. Were will we be in 3 more months? A lot of that depends on us citizens.

  25. Meanwhile, the Vegas stadium construction project got declared an “essential service” and will continue regardless of any lockdown procedures.

  26. It’s not about the idea of trying to stop the threat of a disease, it’s about the massive panicky overreaction to one that has killed less than 300 people. These are unprecedented draconian overreaches, mainly by lefty politicians like those in CA and NY, based on miscalculated statistics. Sad how many are OK with that.

  27. Ikidyounot says:
    March 20, 2020 at 1:29 pm
    10,000 people world wide have died of the corona-virus, 5,000 of them in Europe, out of 220,000 infected. That number is over 4.5%, substantially higher than the .1% some people believe is the mortality rate.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Remember all those cruise ships? The situation there was basically a controlled environment with a mortality rate of 0.0% because nobody died. None of the mortality rate numbers are accurate for two reasons. Until recently, only people who are symptomatic and sick have been tested. If you add in people who felt ill but never saw a doctor the infection rate would increase and the mortality rate would decrease. They do not have accurate information except to say that the 4.5% you stated is approximately the worst-case rate at this point.

  28. The Rams and Chargers represent the biggest SHT show ever seen in professional sports. Talk about a disaster. It’s like they are trying to put out a dumpster fire with gasoline.

    This whole thing is so laughable. I admit my disappointment and skepticism in the Raiders for burning Oakland the way that they did, but ole Bowl Cut Marky has taken the necessary steps to make a couple of other “better dressed” billionaires look like tools.

    LA doesn’t even like football that much. The new stadium will be empty for YEARS.

    What a colossal waste of money.

    (but happy for the construction workers in the local economy 🙂

  29. The Raiders didn’t burn Oakland, Oakland burned themselves. Well, the powers that be did anyway, the fans were left holding the bag.

  30. LA doesn’t even like football that much. The new stadium will be empty for YEARS.
    ————-
    Then how were they 11th in attendance last year? Jeez, that means that there were 21 teams with worse attendance. Those cities must really hate football amirite?

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