Heavy Rainfall Delays LA Stadium Opening and Super Bowl Hosting

Rams and Chargers Inglewood StadiumLast week, the Los Angeles Rams confirmed that the opening of their new joint stadium with the now Los Angeles Chargers would be delayed by one year, as a result of construction delays incurred due to a period of unusually heavy rainfall, during the last few months in LA. The Inglewood (CA) project was scheduled to open its doors in 2019, but will now kick off operations in 2020.

Besides the fact that the Rams will now play a total of four seasons at the ancient LA Coliseum, with the Chargers taking the field at the 30,000-seat StubHub Center for three seasons, a significant byproduct of this news involves the scheduling of the 2021 Super Bowl, which had already been awarded to LA.

ESPN.com provides further insight into the NFL’s decision to move the LA Super Bowl back by one season, with the Buccaneers and the city of Tampa becoming the beneficiaries of Southern California’s uncharacteristically potent stretch of wet weather.