Los Angeles will be considered a potential host city for Super Bowl LIV in 2020 if there is an NFL franchise there by then, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
NFL owners are holding their spring meeting in San Francisco this week. On Wednesday morning, the owners and the league heard from those backing stadium proposals in Inglewood and Carson, both near Los Angeles.
An update on the progress came from owners with stadium proposals in Inglewood (St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke) and Carson (the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders).
According to the newspaper, the league will vote by next May on which city will play host to the 2020 game, and the decision partly hinges on who hosts the Super Bowl in 2019.
Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa and South Florida are vying to host Super Bowl LIII. The remaining three locations will be candidates for the next year, along with Los Angeles, provided a relocation is approved.
The next three Super Bowls will be played in Santa Clara, Calif., Houston and Minneapolis.
A team moving to the nation’s second-largest market would need to have begun playing in a new L.A.-area stadium by 2018, according to the Times.
Seven Super Bowls have been played in Los Angeles — five at the Rose Bowl and two (including the first) at the Coliseum.
Former San Francisco 49ers president Carmen Policy has been hired to lead the relocation efforts of the Chargers and Raiders. He also was the Cleveland Browns president and CEO before he sold a minority stake in the team in 2004.
Both California NFL teams are pursuing a proposed $1.7 billion venue in Carson, where the co-tenants would play while attempting to negotiate new stadium deals in their current cities.
Policy has been involved in L.A. stadium deals previously. In 1994, he was appointed by then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue to help negotiate for the league in a proposed stadium deal for the Raiders in L.A. that eventually failed and led to the Raiders returning to Oakland.
Oakland and San Diego are considered to have the two worst stadiums in the NFL and Policy called the proposed Carson stadium a “silver bullet solution.”
Raiders owner Mark Davis said he will know by June 21 whether a financing plan to get $400 million of the estimated stadium cost of up to $900 million in Alameda County has life. Davis said he has no intention “in his lifetime” of selling the Raiders or moving the team to St. Louis.
Kroenke is spearheading the second stadium proposal in L.A. that would be built on nearly 300 acres that formerly was the site of Hollywood Park racetrack. He is interested in relocating the Rams back to L.A.
A plan is also in the works in St. Louis in hopes of keeping the team. A stadium task force appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is working on finalizing details for an approximately $1 billion, 64,000-seat downtown St. Louis stadium to replace the Edward Jones Dome, the Rams’ current home.