NFL Confident About Hosting Super Bowl LVI At Inglewood Stadium
The NFL is "feeling great about its decision to bring the Super Bowl" to L.A. in '22, which will be two years after the Inglewood stadium's grand opening, according to Greg Beacham of the AP. A visit by league officials to the construction site yesterday "only amplified the NFL's faith in the people building its newest showpiece." NFL Exec VP/Club Business & League Events Peter O'Reilly said, "We just couldn't be more excited to have this stage for our biggest game. It absolutely blows you away, the scale and the way this entire district will come to life. Today's conversations really show that they've got the experts and the people here who understand what it takes to put on major events. We have incredible faith that the team here really understands what it means to put on a Super Bowl." Beacham noted the stadium "already is roughly 75% complete, with most of the physical structure in place." The "stylish roof, the seats and the enormous Oculus video board will be installed over the next several months" (AP, 7/30).
TWO TEAMS, ONE STADIUM: Chargers Chief of Staff Fred Maas said of sharing the Inglewood stadium with the Rams, "When they first built the Giants/Jets stadium (in New Jersey), they would have to go around the morning of a game and turn every picture around and redo all the team stores. In our case, it's all been planned to accommodate that. We'll be able to flip a switch. On one Sunday it'll be a Rams stadium, the next Sunday it'll be a Chargers stadium, and no one will know the difference" (Riverside PRESS-ENTERPRISE, 7/31).