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Dodger Stadium May Be Considered For Temporary Home For NFL Team



Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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UPDATE (June 28, 1:30 p.m. PT): According to Vincent Bonsignore of the LA Daily News, the NFL began the process of reaching out to Southern California stadiums about the possibility of serving as a temporary home for a team:

A Rose Bowl official confirmed Friday that it has been contacted by the NFL about the possibility of the stadium’s potential use as a temporary home for a team or teams if one or more were relocated here for the 2016 season. It marks the first time the league has officially reached out to any Southern California venue.

Along with the Rose Bowl being contacted, it’s believed so too has the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Given previous interest in Dodger Stadium, that may soon be the next location to receive a call from the NFL.

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While it appears that professional football may be returning to Los Angeles as early as 2016, whatever team, or teams, that make the move will need a temporary stadium to play in while a new one gets built.

According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, along with the obvious temporary locations, the LA Memorial Coliseum and Rosel Bowl, Dodger Stadium is also a possibility:

NFL vice president Eric Grubman, who is spearheading the Los Angeles efforts, confirmed with the Los Angeles News Group that the league is likely to begin more serious discussions with various venues within the next few weeks.

The league has set no particular timeline or deadline, but is expected to go forward with negotiations for one or more leases at the league level that would be assignable to any club or clubs that gets approved for relocation.

Among the possible sites are the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Rose Bowl, Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

This is not the first time that Dodger Stadium has been brought up as a potential temporary home for an NFL team, as it was also rumored to be a possibility in December of 2014. The NFL seems focused on returning to Los Angeles after a 20-year absence from the city, and it appears a decision will be made on what team(s) will be headed to Southern California and where they will play by the end of 2015.

Teams that have garnered the most speculation on relocating are the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams. The Raiders and Rams were the last two teams the play in LA before leaving in 1995.

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