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AEG Delivers EIR To L.A. City Council For Downtown Stadium
Published April 6, 2012
NEW WAY OF LIFE: In L.A., Zahniser & Bloomekatz report AEG is "counting on a dramatic change in the behavior of L.A. sports fans," as the EIR "bets 1 in 4 ticket buyers would come to the 72,000-seat venue without a car on weekdays." Leiweke said, "We have to change people's habits from the day they buy their first ticket to Farmers Field." Zahniser & Bloomekatz note the "push to limit the number of cars arriving" at the proposed stadium is "tied to legislation passed last year to speed the project's environmental review process." Company officials said that the law "requires that AEG operate a stadium with fewer car trips than any other NFL facility in the nation." The EIR assumes that more than 18% of ticket buyers "would show up at weekend events without using cars." For weekday games, that figure would reach 27%. Leiweke said that AEG "plans to give ticket buyers discounts and even bump them up in line for available tickets if they take public transit" (L.A. TIMES, 4/6). In California, Dakota Smith notes to "help ease traffic" for the stadium, AEG is "proposing to widen freeway ramps, direct fans to public transit and use smartphone technology to point out available parking spots." But the company's "most ambitious proposal would involve widening the notoriously bottlenecked northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway, where traffic leaving downtown is consistently jammed." AEG has committed $2.5M to "study adding a lane to a roughly one-mile stretch" (SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE, 4/6).