SoFi Stadium officially delays opening

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The stadium to be shared by the Rams and Chargers will not open as scheduled in July.

SoFi Stadium announced on Friday that a two-night Taylor Swift event, set for July 25 and 26, has been postponed until 2021. Those were the first events on the SoFi Stadium calendar.

“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and remain focused on having a safe and healthy environment for all, now and when we open,” the statement from the facility explains.

The next question becomes whether the stadium will be ready and able to host NFL games, with or without fans, in 2020. It’s entirely possible that the first season of the new stadium will involve few if any paying customers, with the venue simply providing the backdrop for the TV broadcast of 16 regular-season games due to be played there.

11 responses to “SoFi Stadium officially delays opening

  1. Kroenke’s Rams are back circling the drain butyou know he will do everything possible to get that shiny thing prepped for 2020 football

  2. Its going to be weird watching the game with no fans. The roar of the crowd adds so much to the atmosphere and experience….but we will have to get used to for a while.

  3. Oh well, at least they already got that new shared logo sorted for all the joint merchandising.

  4. Things change quickly. It’d be surprising to have games with no fans in August/September. Maybe in New York and Los Angeles, but in places not hit as hard it makes no sense. Beaches are starting to re-open in certain areas and restrictions are being lifted.

  5. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says:
    April 17, 2020 at 1:39 pm
    Its going to be weird watching the game with no fans. The roar of the crowd adds so much to the atmosphere and experience….but we will have to get used to for a while.
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    I feel like the games played in Atlanta and Indy will still have a roaring crowd…They can dust off the crowd CD and pump that through the speakers. LMFAO

  6. The teams would be better off just playing in their current venues this year, and making the opening magnificent with actual fans in the fall of 2021. Heck since there are no fans, both teams could play at the Chargers soccer field. Maybe without fans the Chargers might even re-gain a home field advantage on their home field.

  7. If they can somehow pull off playing with no fans, I think that watching it on TV will be a good experience.

    For decades, we have all watched sitcoms and other shows that have fake audience sound tracks. After a while, you get used to it.

  8. They are NEVER going to go to a situation with no fans in the stands! Think about it! No parking revenue, no concession revenue, no PSL revenue and no ticket revenue. On top of that you know lawyers would be lining up to sue the NFL for refund on PSL and anything else they can think of. All of these things are why the NFL doesn’t talk about pay per view.

  9. True, the NFL gets the lions share of revenues from TV. Goodell will simply raise network costs to televise the games. This will make up for lost game attendance money. Team players will be spread out in locker rooms. They’ll be no close after-games interview. I do think that Kroenke stadium won’t be ready for NFL games as Los Angeles’s draconian building regulations won’t allow it. It’s back to the soccer field and the Coloseum the LA and LA.

  10. Guy,
    What makes you think “Los Angeles’s draconian building regulations” has anything to do with the scheduled opening of the stadium?

    In LA we do have additional regulations for earthquakes. Dodger Stadium survived two large ones as did the Colosseum.

    The MAJOR point is that the stadium is not in the city of Los Angeles. It is in the city of Inglewood and subject to Inglewood regulations.

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