L.A. NFL Stadium Deal Officially Approved by City Council

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 28, 2012

The L.A. City Council officially has approved the construction of an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles next to the Staples Center, according to ProFootballTalk.

The stadium—its naming rights already secured by Farmers Insurance as Farmers Field—ideally will  be ready for construction in March 2013, assuming any lawsuits against the project are resolved.

There are several candidates to eventually call Farmers Field home. The San Diego Chargers appear to be the front-runners, with the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills also realistically in the mix. The Jacksonville Jaguars are generally thought to be long shots.

The Chargers currently play at Qualcomm Stadium, which opened in 1967 as San Diego Stadium.

The Raiders play at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (now called O.co Coliseum). They first played at the stadium in 1966 before relocating to Los Angeles in 1982. They came back to the Coliseum in 1995 and have been there ever since.

As for the Bills, they call Ralph Wilson Stadium home, but they also have been playing home games at Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays. Ralph Wilson Stadium was opened in 1973, and the Rogers Centre was established in 1989.

The Jaguars play at EverBank Field, but the stadium is relatively young; it opened in 1995.

As far as average home attendance this year, the Chargers ironically would appear to be the most in need for a new stadium. They've averaged 61,050 fans through two home games, 27th in the NFL (per ESPN).

The Raiders, Jaguars and Bills rank 26th, 23rd and 14th in average home attendance, respectively.

So, not only do the Chargers play in one of the oldest stadiums among the four teams, they have the lowest average home attendance this season.

 

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