According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased a plot of land in Los Angeles that could be used as a stadium site in the future.
The 60-acre plot is located in-between the Forum, which is now owned by Madison Square Garden Co., and the recently closed Hollywood Park.
The NFL has long considered Hollywood Park a preferred spot for an NFL Stadium, as we mentioned last month. Although there are a couple of red flags with building a stadium at Hollywood Park, as Farmer mentions, it would seem that this is a step in a direction towards the NFL coming back to LA.
The Rams’ lease at the Edward Jones Dome is up after the 2014 season and could be looking to make a move back to Los Angeles at that time. However, we have seen this scenario before. There are more reasons to believe this is a chess move to get a new stadium in St. Louis than there are reasons to believe this is the first sign that the Rams are moving back to LA.
First, this plot of land is too small to build an NFL stadium on; however, there is an adjacent plot that is 238 acres, which would be more than enough to build a stadium on.
Second, this is the smallest plot of land on the site and was previously owned by Wal-Mart. Kroenke is a former Wal-Mart board member and husband of Ann Walton Kroenke. Yes, that Walton. This all gets a bit sketchier now. Would Walton and Kroenke team up to buy a plot of land from “her” company in order to make the city of St. Louis think that they are moving the team to Los Angeles? It’s completely plausible.
Third, Kroenke has owned pieces of land in Southern California in the past and may feel like this plot of land was undervalued and could just be a strategic business move to sell it off to whoever buys the vacated Hollywood Park or to Madison Square Garden Co. if they would like to expand on the newly renovated Forum.
It seems like there are a lot of moving parts; however, if this indeed gets the ball rolling towards the Rams moving back to Los Angeles then we’re in for some big news in the near future. Until then I think we should all be cognizant of the fact the Kroenke has purchased this land but not get our hopes up that the Rams are moving back to Los Angeles. We’ve been let down too many times before. Until the NFL announces a team in moving back to the City of Angels I won’t believe it.