Kevin Demoff acknowledges pandemic could delay SoFi Stadium completion

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Construction continues at SoFi Stadium, even as positive coronavirus cases have popped up at the site. And Rams COO Kevin Demoff continues to be optimistic that the stadium will be completed in time, even as he acknowledges the possibility that may not happen.

“This is not the time you want to be finishing a stadium, in this environment as you prepare,” Demoff said, via Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “Because it’s when you need to be all hands on deck, walking through the building every day, meeting with your staff, working out the kinks and planning for it. So when you’ve been building something for a few years, you would love an optimal environment to finish it.”

The environment is anything but optimal for finishing the stadium in time for its July 25 opening, a Taylor Swift concert, followed by the 2020 preseasons and regular seasons for the Rams and Chargers.

“Our stadium, and I believe the Raiders’ stadium as well, will both be amazing when they are finished and when they will begin play, which will certainly happen in the near future, whether that’s in July, August, September, [or] in 2021,” Demoff said. “I don’t think you can look at either of these stadiums as short-term projects to finish but rather long-term beacons for the franchises and for the NFL.”

He’s right, but if the stadiums aren’t ready and if the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders will be playing games in 2020, they’ll need to make other arrangements. Which could be the least of the problems the NFL may be dealing with as this craziest of years continues.

17 responses to “Kevin Demoff acknowledges pandemic could delay SoFi Stadium completion

  1. I’m a responsible business owner, I sent my employees home almost two weeks ago and I’m now hemorrhaging money, which is fine because sunnier days are ahead. I can’t see how these guys, with a straight face, can actually whine about how their stadiums might not get done in time when people are, you know, dying and going broke.

    These stadium job sites should be empty right now. Like my facility.

  2. Demoff, Kroenke’s henchman is barking up the wrong tree. Why is the completion of that stadium essential? Is it for the 4000 or so fans attending NFL games. Future Olympics?
    The LA market won’t support one NFL team let alone two. From the initial announcement let alone with the start of the stadium Walmart is building there are so few NFL fans in LA and those in the stands are cheering on the opposing teams.

  3. “LA” Chargers back to the soccer field where they had no fans anyway.In Kroenke stadium it would look real bad with only 10 or 20 thousand in the new location. Now it looks like it’s another “relocation” from San Diego to Carson, from Carson to LA, then back to Carson then in 2021 back to LA. What a mess Spanos has created for himself! Philip Rivers will be playing in a real NFL stadium in front of tens of thousands of cheering NFL fans.

  4. “How can anyone still think there will be a season?”
    ____________

    Because it doesn’t start until Fall and it doesn’t require this one stadium being completed to happen. I’m sure this stadium won’t be done by July–and even more sure the concert isn’t going happen then–but that doesn’t mean the entire NFL season is going to be called off.

  5. carloswlassiter says:
    April 3, 2020 at 12:10 am
    How can anyone still think there will be a season?

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    Because it really isn’t that unrealistic to think that by July-August the Covid-19 crisis will be under control. Took China about 4 months to get back to work… how long should America wait? 6? 10? a year?

    Give me a break.

  6. Won’t be a season this year. If you think otherwise, you are not facing reality.

  7. This comment section is the same one that overwhelmingly said Tom Brady would stay with the patriots or retire. I’m talking 99% of you. Dead wrong. So wrong it is comical. Come fall, I guarantee you, there will not be any sports.

    They cancelled the olympics for crying out loud, which start the same time as the nfl does for training camps. The olympics!! Get it through your head, people.

  8. The stadium is essential so the Rams can prove all these folks wrong that think they are suddenly a bad football team. They have the best secondary in the division, the best tandem of TEs, the best 3-person WR set, the best player, a solid and deep OL with all the guy coming back, and the best PASSER (by far – ain’t even close).

  9. This whole narrative LA does not support the NFL is a LIE/Fake News! Rams and Raiders left in the 90’s because of stadium issues, they made purposeful coaching and player decision to affect attendance to get approval to move. Rams have had great attendance at games the last 4 years. Chargers might not be wanted and have more away fans but people still go to the games. LA is transplant city of 18 million people. People keep their allegiances to their home team. Who cares more fans of other teams are there? Those fans are paying customers. The rams were in LA for 49 years before STL stole them, they lied to LA…why is that okay but them coming back isn’t? Is it cause of politics, immigrants, what? STL stole the Cardinals from Chicago and lost them, stole the rams from La and lost them, why is that not talked about. STL was willing to use taxpayer money that it doesn’t have to keep the Rams. The Rams felt STL was a bland and mediocre market and decided to leave. They are paying for the stadium in AL, no taxpayer money That is how stadiums should be financed. You can’t do that in small markets but you can in big ones. This LA hate is politcal/racial/ anti-Cali stuff. Demoff is not different than John Shaw was when he lied to LA and helped broker the deal to STL, he was an LA guy just like Stan.

  10. Ky Li says:
    Took China about 4 months to get back to work
    ==

    Do some research and take a closer look at how China got the virus under control, then ask yourself if that kind of top-down, iron-fisted approach will ever work in this country.
    Large numbers of people in the U.S. are already ignoring current mandates and guidelines — restrictions that pale in comparison with measures taken by the Chinese government.
    Few here will stand for that level of draconian control, or the sacrifices and loss of freedoms necessary to pull it off. The outbreak in the U.S. will likely be much harder and take far longer to get under control than it did in China.

  11. Oh boy. Lets all just stand in line to overpay for LA Ram seats at the house that Stan built. Whats promised is a 70,000 seat stadium that at best will be 3/4 full and more than
    1/2 those fans attending will be routing for the opposing team. But wait fans, you will be able to don the leagues worst logo fan gear (outside of the Browns) in pantone colors Walmart Blue and Georgia Frontiere Yellow. There’s more, with few draft picks and in cap hell the team will struggle to reach .500 for most of the decade. Add in the cost of parking, pollution, jet noise from LAX landings, and even a watermelon on your head can’t
    make this experience justified.

  12. I love football just as much as any die-hard NFL fan and people on here, but let’s be real, sports are low priority at the moment. I would be just fine without professional sports the rest of the year. This will have a long lasting effect on perspective in life. Hopefully people are using this time spent at home wisely and reevaluating their priorities.

  13. This whole narrative LA does not support the NFL is a LIE/Fake News! Rams and Raiders left in the 90’s because of stadium issues, they made purposeful coaching and player decision to affect attendance to get approval to move. Rams have had great attendance at games the last 4 years. Chargers might not be wanted and have more away fans but people still go to the games. LA is transplant city of 18 million people. People keep their allegiances to their home team. Who cares more fans of other teams are there? Those fans are paying customers. The rams were in LA for 49 years before STL stole them, they lied to LA…why is that okay but them coming back isn’t? Is it cause of politics, immigrants, what? STL stole the Cardinals from Chicago and lost them, stole the rams from La and lost them, why is that not talked about. STL was willing to use taxpayer money that it doesn’t have to keep the Rams. The Rams felt STL was a bland and mediocre market and decided to leave. They are paying for the stadium in AL, no taxpayer money That is how stadiums should be financed. You can’t do that in small markets but you can in big ones. This LA hate is politcal/racial/ anti-Cali stuff. Demoff is not different than John Shaw was when he lied to LA and helped broker the deal to STL, he was an LA guy just like Stan.
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    This has to be the most asinine post I’ve seen in a while. There are huge differences between to the two situations. One Georgia did not nuke every bridge in LA so that no NFL team would be interested in locating to LA on a bunch of lies. Two, I do not recall John Shaw on TV everyday saying the Rams we not leaving or Georgia lying to the public saying they were trying to stay. People not close to the situation accept this narrative that STL didn’t support the team. I think you need to go and research the attendance records when the
    rams were putrid after the greatest show era. You’ll be surprised. Stan left the same reason Georgia left, more profits. No more no less. NFL owners are greedy and Kroenke’s greed has no boundaries. He will find a way to screw southern cal out of billions one way or another. Mark my words, its simply who he is as a business man.

    PS. he and the NFL is in a pickle with the City of St. Louis. There are a couple of lawsuits that he couldn’t buy his was out of…I have no idea why this isn’t getting much press. But it will…

  14. The Chargers better start looking into some local High School Stadiums for there home games.
    Don’t worry Charger Fan , There will be plenty of seats available.

  15. Look. Simply stated there are too many pro sports teams in LA competing for their share of fans entertainment dollar. Not to mention all the other entertainment options in LA. This is precisely why Spanos should never have moved the Chargers to LA. This was a monumental business mistake! As he owes the NFL owners the better part of the $600 million relocation fee and has a twenty year rental contract with Kroenke…Spanos is trapped! He can’t sell the team with all the baggage the LA Chargers have with the franchise! The Chargers have no fan base! They blew the Tom Brady/dump Rivers deal and now they’ll be playing with a retread QB or they’ll throw a rookie to the dogs to get attention. It’s a snow ball of screw-ups!

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