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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; LA Mayor backs Coliseum for NFL team Posted: Wednesday June 2, 2004 5:19PM; Updated: Wednesday June 2, 2004 5:22PM LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mayor James Hahn said he now thinks a modified Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum would be the appropriate ...

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Old 06-03-2004, 02:53 AM   #1
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LA Mayor backs Coliseum for NFL team

LA Mayor backs Coliseum for NFL team
Posted: Wednesday June 2, 2004 5:19PM; Updated: Wednesday June 2, 2004 5:22PM


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mayor James Hahn said he now thinks a modified Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum would be the appropriate home for the possible return of an NFL team to the city.

Hahn had previously backed a proposal to build a new stadium, but said the progress the Coliseum has made in preparing environmental impact documents has given it the edge over other possible sites.


"The Coliseum certainly is in a great position at this point," he said Tuesday.

The landmark stadium was the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics and was home to the NFL's Raiders and Rams until they left before the 1995 season.

A $400 million renovation to prepare it for a pro team would reduce the Coliseum's seating capacity from 92,500 to 78,000 seats and add 200 luxury boxes. It also would add new locker rooms and a press box.

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue last week said the league would decide on an LA-area stadium site by next spring, and hopes to have a team there by 2008. Other sites being considered are Pasadena's Rose Bowl and a former landfill in Carson.

Last month, the NFL presented to Coliseum officials a term sheet, the framework of a deal. The Coliseum Commission is expected to respond this month.

Hahn said his office would facilitate a deal and streamline permits needed for modifications to the Coliseum. '

"We can help build public support," he said. "But I'm pleased they're not asking for public money."

Others now supporting an NFL team at the Coliseum include Tim Leiweke, the president of Anschutz Entertainment Group who had previously led a push for a new stadium.

Alright now let's see if this irritates anyone but me ???

Last month, the NFL presented to Coliseum officials a term sheet, the framework of a deal. The Coliseum Commission is expected to respond this month.

Hahn said his office would facilitate a deal and streamline permits needed for modifications to the Coliseum. '

"We can help build public support," he said. "But I'm pleased they're not asking for public money."
So if I am reading this correctly , the league is willing to put up 400 million dollars for renovations for a place where 2 previous teams have not wanted to play ...... :casstet:

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Old 06-03-2004, 11:24 AM   #2
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Here we go again! :casstet:
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That\'s odd...

It does seem pretty clear that the $400 million renovations required to prepare the stadium aren\'t expected to come from LA (or the state), but it isn\'t clear that the NFL intends to pay for them either.

Where\'s this money coming from?
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Here we go again!
My point exactly . What a waste of money , 2 previous teams have moved from the Los Angeles market and said enough is enough . What is this , an attempt at the California three strikes and it\'s over ruling ???

Taglipew states that Los Angeles is the 2nd largest market , but unless he is going to name a new franchise the Los Angeles Caballeros , he is not going to tap into that fan base .

Something stinks in this Los Angeles market deal ..........................

If the league has 400 million to throw around , throw it to Louisianna to build a new super sports arena and let the city of New Orleans host an Olympics .......

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